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Penquis Journey House in Dexter given $20,000 in state aid

Bangor Daily News on April 18, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Governor Paul LePage has designated $20,000 from his contingency funds to support the continuation of services offered by the Penquis Journey House in Dexter. Founded in 2009, the Journey House serves as a safe haven for primarily young women and their children who are in transition. Programs …
The speed limit sign along Riverside Avenue in Fort Fairfield lies on its side as curious motorists drive the street on Thursday looking at giant ice floes that have been cleared from the road after they overflowed the banks of the Aroostook River.

Flood watch remains in effect through Friday

By Dawn Gagnon and Julia Bayly on April 17, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
ALLAGASH, Maine — Residents of Allagash and St. Francis were stranded by floodwaters Thursday, and the National Weather Service in Caribou extended its flood warning for northern Maine through late Friday morning. Meanwhile, Main Street businesses in Dexter that were shut down Wednesday due to safety concerns reopened Thursday and …
People fill out information forms at the Dexter Town office in January.

Shoe manufacturing revival group in Dexter now seeking $1.3 million in funding

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on April 16, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
DEXTER, Maine — They have the desire, location, a ready pool of workers and a product logo. They even have companies “definitely interested” in doing business with them. But the major item that a group of local entrepreneurs who plan to revive shoe manufacturing in Dexter doesn’t have yet is …
Tony Hamlin

Penquis Valley High School drops softball team, but hopes to bring it back next spring

By Larry Mahoney on April 16, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
Penquis Valley High School of Milo will not field a softball team this spring due to low numbers. Penquis athletic director Tony Hamlin said that just eight players showed up for practice on Monday and that prompted him and Penquis principal Matt Hackett to pull the plug on the program …

Piscataquis Community Secondary School third quarter honor roll

By Julie Harris on April 15, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
Piscataquis Community Secondary School, Guilford Third quarter honor roll Grade 12, high honors: Chelsea Baillargeon, Kyla Desmarais, Jamie Libby, Casey Northup; honors: Katelyn Bates, Elaina Bennett, Courtney Brackett, Jenna Chapman, James Chastenay, Tiia Flick, Danica French, William Gilbert, Spencer Martell, Paul Martin, Kayla Oldham, Miranda Pettit, Zachery Pratt, Courtney Richardson, …

Calling all HUNTERS!

on April 10, 2014, at 8:26 a.m.
Imagine this: you check-in to a (free) cabin in the woods. All you will do during your time here is sleep, eat, and hunt. How long can you stay? Until you shoot something.
Alan Smith

Dover-Foxcroft area school superintendent leaving to take job at southern Maine district

By Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer on April 09, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — After five years on the job, RSU 68 Superintendent Alan Smith will be leaving the district at the end of the current academic year. During the correspondence portion of an April 1 school board meeting, Vice Chair Jenny Chase read Smith’s resignation letter aloud. Smith wrote that …
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Greenville working to resolve airport stormwater drainage problem

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on April 09, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
GREENVILLE, Maine — More improvements are on the horizon for the Greenville Municipal Airport this summer, according to Town Manager John Simko, as a contractor’s pre-bid information meeting is set for Wednesday, April 9. Sealed bids for a stormwater mitigation plan to alleviate a drainage problem, which could include “excavation, …

Winter weather advisory in effect for much of Maine Friday into Saturday

By Dawn Gagnon on April 04, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Although the calendar says spring is here, Maine continues to experience wintry weather. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for parts of Aroostook, Franklin, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset and Washington counties, effective from late Friday night into Saturday morning or afternoon. During that period, …
From the community

Community meal April 5

Bangor Daily News on April 03, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Guilford United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 3 School St., Guilford, Maine A community meal will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Guilford United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 3 School St. in Guilford. The menu will be baked beans, red snapper hot dogs, …
From the community

Easter Pie sale at Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church

Bangor Daily News on April 03, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church, 156 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, Maine For more information: 207-564-8055  An Easter Pie Sale will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19, in front of Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church, 156 East Main St. All homemade of many …
Jack Clukey

Public hearing on Dover-Foxcroft budget scheduled Wednesday night

By Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer on April 02, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — During the month of March the Dover-Foxcroft Budget Advisory Committee met weekly with department heads and town officials to discuss various aspects of the spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The next step in the budget process is a public hearing set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, …
Residents approve an article by a show-of-hands vote at Sangerville'’s annual town meeting on March 29.

Sangerville residents approve new firetruck, reject town hall renovations

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on April 02, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
SANGERVILLE, Maine — The town of Sangerville will get a new firetruck, Selectman Melissa Randall was re-elected by one vote over challenger Irving McNaughton and voters approved buying a vacant home next to the recreation fields to allow for expansion of the complex. But residents at the annual town meeting …
A large tract of land in Bowerbank is one of 16 deer wintering areas cooperatively managed by Plum Creek and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. From left are Plum Creek forester Tom Hall, IF&W wildlife biologist Doug Kane and Plum Creek wildlife biologist Henning Stabins.

Plum Creek: Deer yards thriving despite deep snowpack

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on April 02, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
BOWERBANK, Maine — Thanks to a cooperative agreement with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Plum Creek Timber Company is managing 16 deer wintering areas, covering more than 31,000 acres in the state. Despite the harsh winter with a deeper-than-usual snowpack, the areas are thriving, according to Plum …

Milo man wears Colt 45 shirt to sentencing, gets 18 months for stealing $43,000 in copper

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 01, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The criminal history, recent convictions and new pending charges against a Milo man who admitted in November to stealing more than $40,000 in copper from Bangor Hydro Electric Co. substations, did not bode well when he was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in federal court. The Colt 45 T-shirt …
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Cultivating Community 2014

Bangor Daily News on April 01, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: East Sangerville Grange, East Sangerville Road, Sangerville, Maine SANGERVILLE, Maine — East Sangerville Grange presents Cultivating Community 2014: Mapping the Maine Highlands Food System” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Grange Hall. Open to all. Registration at 8 a.m. …

Fire destroys farmhouse in Monson

BDN staff reports on April 01, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.
MONSON, Maine — Fire destroyed a farmhouse on Water Street Monday despite the efforts of five area fire departments to battle the blaze. The fire at 79 Water Street was reported at 4:15 p.m., according to Monson Fire Chief Eric Melia. The 2½ story structure had flames showing when firefighters …
From the community

Supper and auction to benefit Hanson family

Bangor Daily News on March 31, 2014, at 4:21 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Charleston Community Center, School Road, Charleston For more information: 207-285-7041 CHARLESTON, Maine — A benefit supper and auction will be held 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Charleston Community Center. Menu will include spaghetti, tossed salad, rolls, biscuits, brownie sundaes. …
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Free dinner and movie at Guilford church

Bangor Daily News on March 31, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Guilford United Methodist Church, 3 School St., Guilford GUILFORD, Maine — Free dinner and a movie at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Guilford United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 3 School St. It’s a great way to get to know some …
Wendy Farley, 48, of Brownville and her attorney Peter Rodway of Portland.

Prosecutor confident new trial justified after mistrial in murder-for-hire case

By Judy Harrison on March 28, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Piscatatquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy didn’t wait for the judge to declare a mistrial before he decided to retry Wendy Farley for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband of nearly 30 years. “I’m confident a new trial is justified,” Almy …
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