Last graduating class from Brownville Junction High School to celebrate 50th Reunion

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Submitted by Sethen on July 17, 2018 - 8:56pm

BROWNVILLE — When the Brownville Junction High School Alumni holds its reunion on Aug. 25 this year at the American Legion/BJHS Alumni building on Railroad Avenue, it will honor the last class to graduate from Brownville Junction High School in 1968. At the beginning of the 1969-70 school year, Brownville Junction High School and Milo High School joined together at the newly constructed Penquis Valley High School.

While BJHS continued to be used to house middle school students for several years, the Class of 1968 was the last to graduate from the school which was built circa 1920 to replace the Henderson High School that was destroyed by fire in 1919.

Also recognized at this year’s reunion will be the classes of 1958, 1948 and 1938.

If you are not a member of the BJHS Alumni Association, you can join by sending $10 to BJHS Alumni, PO Box 151, Brownville Junction, ME 04415.
If you would also like to attend the reunion luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 25, include $16 for lunch with your dues and be sure it is... Read More

Penquis Valley Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

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Submitted by Sethen on July 17, 2018 - 8:51pm

Penquis Valley High School, Milo

Fourth quarter honor roll

Grade 12, high honors: Adam Stetson; honors: Megan Badger, Faith Brown, Julian Maxcy, Kelsey Robinson, Alex White.

Grade 11, high honors: Katelyn Bolstridge, Camryn Rolfe; honors: Madisyn Bellatty, Andrew Gallant, Jeremy Martin, Cymeria Robshaw, Megan Valvo.

Grade 10, high honors: Rachel McMannus; honors: Camron Bailey, Rosa Cianci, Angelique Farnsworth, Sydney Fowles, Emily Herbest, Myranda Place, Lani Rideout.

Grade nine, high honors: Courtney Rouleau; honors: Joslyn Black, Zakary Mills, Angelina Roberts.

Grade eight, high honors: Grady Atkinson; honors: Ethan Bishop, Angela Bryden, Maxwell Osgood, Jonathan Paquette, Alvin Robshaw.

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Milo Historical Society’s fifth annual art show scheduled for Saturday

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Submitted by Sethen on July 17, 2018 - 11:28am

Stuart Hedstrom • July 17, 2018

MILO — On Saturday, July 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. the Milo Historical Society will host its fifth annual art show at the Three Rivers Kiwanis Building, on Gerrish Road off outer Park Street. The art show serves as a fundraiser for the historical society, light refreshments will be available, and the event showcases the talent and creative spirit of community members.

“It gives another cultural outlet for the town and another cultural outlet for the people,” said Barb Hamlin, who will be taking part in the Milo Historical Society art show again in 2018 after earning second-place honors for a watercolor last year. “The artists feed off each other, once you meet other artists and get together you learn from each other.”

Hamlin teaches physical education and health at Hichborn Middle School in Howland and she said the art show enables herself and other participants to share a different side of themselves.

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Updated book on railroad in Brownville Junction now available

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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • July 16, 2018

BROWNVILLE — The Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society is pleased to announce Ken Hatchette’s latest book “The Canadian Pacific Railroad in Brownville Junction, Maine 1886 to 1963” is available now at the Parish House Museum on Church Street, Simple Sacks on the Main Road and the Milo and Points North Visitors Center on the Gerrish Road. If you do not live locally, you may want to consider ordering this book from the Historical Society (B-BJ Historical Society) 100 Williamsburg Road, Williamsburg Twp., ME 04414) or from

This book contains the text of Hatchette’s first book “More Than a Train Yard and a Whistle Stop: The Canadian Pacific Railroad in Brownville Junction 1886 to 1963” and additional information about the Henderson school system, P. Turner Bone’s design contributions, new and unpublished photos of the town and the CPR and maps that depict the location of the CPR buildings including the... Read More

Sebec celebrates the Fourth of July

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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • July 9, 2018

Observer photo/Jeannette Hughes
FOURTH OF JULY IN SEBEC — A parade through the village once again helped celebrate the annual Fourth of July festivities in Sebec. A Sebec Volunteer Fire Department truck was part of the procession.

LIBRARY DONATION — Jeff Hamm of the band Katahdin Country presents a copy of his book “Yesterday’s Observation,” potpori of information, to Sue Small for the library at the Sebec Village Reading Room.

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE — Joan Baird of the Sebec Corner Grange Shop drives during the annual parade recognizing the Fourth of July in Sebec.

ATV operator seriously injured in LaGrange crash

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Submitted by Sethen on July 16, 2018 - 8:32pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • July 16, 2018

LAGRANGE — On Sunday, July 15 at approximately 7:15 p.m. Danny Adams, 53, of Farmington, was driving his ATV north along the railroad bed trail when his ATV left the trail and struck some small trees, according to the Maine Warden Service. Adams, who was carrying two juvenile passengers at the time, received serious injuries as a result of the crash, and a LifeFlight helicopter was used to transport Adams to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Both juveniles were wearing helmets at the time of the crash and they sustained minor injuries.

Personnel from the LaGrange Fire Department, Bradford Fire Department, Braford Rescue, Three Rivers Ambulance Service and warden service responded to the scene.

The warden service is looking at what caused the crash and the investigation is in its early stages.

Local Brothers Open New Brewing Location

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Submitted by Sethen on July 15, 2018 - 3:47pm

MILO, Maine (WABI) - Milo natives Noah and Peter Bissell just couldn't stay away from the place they called home.

Peter says, "It's very special. It had to be here if we were going to do it. And if it is five people in the door or five hundred, we are going to do it. It does not matter. It was the right thing to do, and it is nice to come to that point. We are not done by any means, but the public aspect is the last piece of the puzzle."

They started their journey back in 2013 when they opened a brewery, Bissell Brothers, in Portland which they call their second home.

When they decided to open a second brewing location, they knew it had to be in Milo.

The new location, called Bissell Brothers Three Rivers, is having its grand opening Saturday from noon to six where locals can mingle and enjoy food and drink.

He says, "Tap room culture, I can't stress enough, it is different than bars. It is very close, but it's a different animal. Family should feel welcome."

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Bissell Brothers to 'test drive' Milo taproom

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Submitted by Sethen on July 15, 2018 - 3:45pm


Bissell Brothers is having a "test drive" at its new Milo taproom tomorrow.

The brewing company, which has a brewery and taproom at Thompson's Point in Portland, is opening the Three Rivers taproom to the public, according to a Facebook post. The taproom and brewery is at 52 Elm St., which is Route 11, south of downtown.

"The wonderful beers coming out of this brewery are not quite ready yet, but we just can't wait any longer," the post says.

The owners, brothers Peter and Noah Bissell, are natives of Milo, which is in Piscataquis County, 40 miles north of Bangor.

Saturday's event will feature a selection from its Portland brewery and is also partnering with Spruce Mill Farm and Kitchen, of Dover-Foxcroft, which will provide food.

In February, Mybeerbuz reported that the site will have a sales and tasting room and feature "funky, targ and sour barrel-and-foudre-aged 750ml bottles" and "hoppy styles" that will be brewed only in MIlo, in 750ml and growler fills.

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New Milo Elementary principal hired

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Submitted by Sethen on July 11, 2018 - 11:21pm

Stuart Hedstrom • July 11, 2018

MILO — The SAD 41 administrative staff for the 2018-19 school year is now all in place as Angela Kelley was hired as principal for the Milo Elementary School, during a July 9 school board meeting. Kelley was hired with a two-year contract running through the end of June 2020 at an annual salary of $64,000.

“Tonight Angela Kelley is here, Angela was interviewed and recommended,” Superintendent Michael Wright said, later mentioning Kelley has moved to Hudson. “Angela has been in Presque Isle the last few years at the (Zippel Elementary School), teaching grades three and four. So this would be her first principal position.”

“I’m just very grateful to be here and I’m excited to start,” Kelley said after the directors passed a motion to formally approve the nomination.

Kelley will be succeeding Kirstina Dumond at Milo Elementary. After having been in the position for two years, Dumond will be moving across town to serve as... Read More

Fournier hired as AOS 43 superintendent/curriculum coordinator

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Submitted by Sethen on July 4, 2018 - 8:47pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • July 2, 2018

LAGRANGE — Darcie Fournier of Milford has been hired as the new AOS 43 assistant superintendent/curriculum coordinator. The action was taken by the AOS 43 board of directors at a June 18th board meeting.

Fournier, who has worked in RSU 26 in Orono the past 15 years and who has been the principal of the Asa C. Adams Elementary School in the district the past six years, will begin her new position in AOS 43 in July. She replaces Dr. Kelley Weiss, who recently resigned her position to accept an administrative position in Chattanooga, Tenn. Fournier has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono and a master’s degree from New England College in Henniker, N.H.

AOS 43 oversees the districts of SAD 41 based in Milo and SAD 31 of the Howland area.