Tradewinds Anniversary

Submitted by Seth Barden on April 10, 2019 - 12:30am

County manager announces retirement plans

Submitted by Seth Barden on April 10, 2019 - 12:22am

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • April 9, 2019

DOVER-FOXCROFT – Tom Lizotte, who has served as Piscataquis County manager since 2014, on April 9 announced his plans to retire this summer. The Piscataquis County Commissioners will begin the search process for a new manager and intend to hire a replacement for Lizotte by July 5, his final day of work.

“I have very much enjoyed working for the county commissioners, and with the many talented department heads in Piscataquis County government, over the past five years,” said Lizotte, 66. “Given the stability of county operations and our healthy financial position, now seems an opportune moment for me to transition into the next phase of my life and to enjoy having the time to pursue my personal interests. This position should be attractive to anyone in the field of public administration.”

The county manager works directly for the elected, three-member board of commissioners and is responsible for the effective operation of the administrative functions of county government. The manager administers all departments and offices under the commissioners’ authority – including administration, finance, emergency management, maintenance and Unorganized Territory services – and works collaboratively with all other elected and appointed department heads to meet the mission of county government. The manager develops and oversees an annual county budget of $4.5 million and an Unorganized Territory budget of $1.75 million.

Prior to being appointed county manager Lizotte was an elected Piscataquis County commissioner from 2003-12, the last six years as chairman. He also served two terms on the Dover-Foxcroft Board of Selectmen from 1998-2003.

Outside of positions in local government, Lizotte enjoyed previous careers in hospital administration and newspaper journalism. He worked as director of marketing and development at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft for 16 years and spent 22 years as a journalist, most of that time with the Central Maine Morning Sentinel in Waterville where he was sports editor and news editor.

Since moving to Dover-Foxcroft in 1995, Lizotte has devoted much of his time to public service on the local, regional and statewide levels. He is past chairman of the board for the Maine Humanities Council, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Penquis CAP and the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council and a Distinguished Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Dover-Foxcroft. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Foxcroft Academy, on the Executive Committee of the Thompson Free Library and is an active member of the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church where he sings bass in the choir.

Lizotte and his wife Leslie will continue to reside in Dover-Foxcroft. They hope to travel, to spend more time at their camp on Sebec Lake in Bowerbank and to see more of their two sons and three...

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Submitted by Susan Worcester on April 8, 2019 - 2:19pm

On Saturday, March 30, the Penquis Cruizers held their annual Cabin Fever Reliever at the home of Fred and Susan Worcester in Williamsburg. This is one of the group's annual events. This year there was discussion about how to recognize the organization's 30 years of bringing auto enthusiasts in the area - and outside our area - together to enjoy their love of everything automobile. 

There will be a special "30 Years" T-shirt designed this spring. Shirts will only be available by pre-order. Each of this year's newsletters will include a trivia quiz reminding members of the many activities the group has sponsored of participated in over the years. All members are encouraged to send their answers back even if they are not sure they are correct. There will be a prize given for one name drawn from the returned submissions for each quiz. For the first quiz - the winning name will receive a free T-shirt with the anniversary logo. 

 While several events for the summer were discussed, more activities will be added as the cruizin' season begins. The group always plans several dinners/lunches out and as many ice cream runs as possible during the summer! Members get together at car shows in the area and also at cruise nights. 

For 21 years the Cruizers hosted the Milo Cruize-In held at the Dexter Shoe/JSI Store Fixtures location. People came from near and far to enjoy this one day event. Most years more than 100 cars - and many more people - attended the event.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Cruizers, contact Fred or Susan Worcester at 965-8070. The Worcesters say all you need is an interested in automotive events, a mailing address and....15 bucks!

Schoodic Lake Charity Bass Fishing Tournament on July 14

Submitted by Seth Barden on April 8, 2019 - 11:03am
Linked from: Bangor Daily News

LAKEVIEW PLANTATION — Schoodic Lake Charity Bass Fishing Tournament will be held Sunday, July 14, at Schoodic Lake. Registration 5-6:30 a.m.; tournament briefing 6:30 a.m.; blast off 7 a.m.; weigh-in and barbecue 3 p.m. The tournament, organized by Penquis Valley High School Key Club, will support the club’s international service partner “The Thirst Project.” The project supports the installation of fresh water wells in third world countries and supports student learning through humanitarian efforts. For information, contact Rachel McMannus, tournament organizer and Key Club Thirst Project coordinatior, at or 207-279-9993 or Casey Dall, registration chairman, at or 207-409-0069.