Articles by Diana Bowley


Greenville may end going it alone on its transfer station

By Diana Bowley on Nov. 23, 2011, at 3:06 p.m.
Two towns have opted out of sharing the costs of Greenville’s planned transfer station and the Piscataquis County commissioners have yet to decide whether to continue the relationship of three unorganized townships with the town. For years, Beaver Cove, Shirley and the Unorganized Territory of Harford’s Point, …
Gary Wozneak hammers wedges along the frame of a Maine Guide snowshoe after he bent the steamed wood. He is one of about seven inmates at the Charleston Correctional Facility who make snowshoe frames from raw material to the finished product. The webbing is later tied onto the snowshoes by veteran in Augusta.

Work by inmates, disabled veterans supports outdoor excursions for soldiers

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 24, 2011, at 5:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON | Michael Warren, 38, of Corinna enjoyed bonding with a group of combat veterans who gathered last week at Pine Grove Lodge in Bingham. Having returned home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan in January 2010, Warren remembers the chilling combat in the war zone. “It was …

Four Dexter residents vie for town council seats

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 21, 2011, at 4:46 p.m.
The four candidates for the two three-year terms on the Dexter Town Council all said recently they would work to help improve the local economy. Frederick Banks, Charles “Chip” Merrill, Michele “Missy” Smith and incumbent David Clukey are vying for the two seats that will be decided …

Sangerville residents approve up to $30,000 to fight lawsuit from town’s former plumbing inspector

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 21, 2011, at 4:21 p.m.
Sangerville residents voted 27-22 Thursday to spend up to $30,000 from surplus to fight a civil lawsuit filed by resident Frank Ruksznis, the town’s former plumbing inspector, against former Selectman Lance Burgess. In his lawsuit filed on Sept. 23 in U.S. District Court in Bangor, Ruksznis alleges …

Piscataquis County to hold yard sale of excess courtroom furniture

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 21, 2011, at 2:34 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Piscataquis County commissioners will hold an indoor yard sale on Oct. 28 and 29 featuring surplus county-owned furniture that will no longer be needed by the judicial system when the addition to and renovation of the Piscataquis County courthouse are completed. The state is nearing completion of …
Andy and Terry Lovell bought and reopened a hardware store under the name of Lovell's Guilford Hardware in 2006 and they have grown since.

Hardware store in Guilford growing despite economy’s slow recovery

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 21, 2011, at 12:53 p.m.
Business at Lovell’s Guilford Hardware on Water Street was brisk on a recent fall day with little sign that the region is still in a deep recession. Several clerks eagerly assisted customers who were from as far away as Greenville and Milo with their needs from the …

Greenville board says no need for mooring ordinance or harbor master on Moosehead

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 20, 2011, at 3:54 p.m.
The Greenville Planning Board says that, for now, the town does not need a mooring ordinance or a harbor master. Concerns about the number of moorings on Moosehead Lake, especially in the East and West Coves, first surfaced in 2006. A committee was appointed to work on …
Sangerville firefighters were assisted by several surrounding fire departments at a house fire on French's Mills Road in Sangerville late Tuesday afternoon.

Fire displaces Sangerville family

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 18, 2011, at 8:09 p.m.
A local family was being assisted by the American Red Cross on Tuesday night after a fire damaged their modern ranch home on French’s Mills Road. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been asked to investigate the cause of the fire that damaged the home of David …

Police grant, coverage dominate agenda of Piscataquis County commissioners

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 18, 2011, at 6:38 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The possibility of Piscataquis County funding the local share for Greenville’s Cop Fast grant was dashed Tuesday when it was learned that the federal government does not permit the sharing of grants unless specified in the application. The extremely competitive grants provide funding for an additional police …

Corinna man accused of stealing gun, leading police on high-speed chase

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 18, 2011, at 5:14 p.m.
DEXTER | A Corinna man who allegedly stole a handgun from a Dexter gun dealer Tuesday reportedly led police on a high-speed chase through Dexter. Lawrence Cyr, 35, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with theft by unauthorized taking. Additional charges are pending, according to Dexter Police Chief Jim …

Dexter Council to interview candidates for town manager

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 14, 2011, at 8:23 p.m.
Twenty-three people applied for the position of town manager in Dexter, after a second round of advertisements. Of the 23, the Town Council has selected nine of the strongest candidates to interview on Oct. 18, 20, and 26. In late August, the council had narrowed the field …

Milo recreation facilities upgraded thanks to efforts of volunteer

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 14, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.
Until this year, Dickie Martin could only dream of improvements to the Milo Recreation Department because the town, like other Piscataquis County communities, had a high unemployment rate at a time when there were fewer revenues yet higher fixed costs. Paul Bradeen, a Milo budget committee member, …

Piscataquis County commissioners warned that town officials want no tax increase

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 14, 2011, at 1:58 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | With their own budgets down to the bare bones, town officials in Piscataquis County say county and school expenses are the only place left to cut to bring tax relief to their residents. That message came Thursday during the Piscataquis County Budget Advisory Committee’s first meeting to …

Sangerville special town meeting slated to address legal expenses

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 13, 2011, at 8:04 p.m.
Residents will be asked next week if they wish to authorize selectmen to spend up to $30,000 to defend former Sangerville Selectman Lance Burgess in a civil lawsuit filed against him by resident Frank Ruksznis. Ruksznis had been the town’s independent plumbing inspector until last spring, when …
Laurie Rublee and her son Austin Bell.

Milo man with rare syndrome faces life of pain

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 13, 2011, at 6 p.m.
One minute this summer Austin Bell, 24, of Milo, was making plans to take a welding course to expand his employment skills. The next minute he was struggling to stay alive. That struggle has continued to this day for the Milo native, who was diagnosed in September …
More than 100 Foxcroft Academy freshmen spent Wednesday morning
sprucing up the community as part of a required service project. The
students, including these who were raking up leaves on the Piscataquis
Regional YMCA lawn, performed a variety of jobs for nonprofit

Foxcroft Academy students volunteer in community

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 12, 2011, at 9:46 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Foxcroft Academy freshmen donated 350 hours of community service Wednesday by raking leaves, washing firetrucks, sweeping dirt and participating in other chores for a variety of organizations. All students are required to earn six community service credits for graduation, according to Arnold Shorey, FA’s head of school. …

Dover-Foxcroft woman impaled by tree branch in July dies at EMMC

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 12, 2011, at 11:38 a.m.
BANGOR | Rory Schmand, 47, of Dover-Foxcroft, who was impaled by a tree branch during a heavy thundershower in July, died Wednesday morning at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Schmand was critically injured July 6 when a tree branch crashed through the windshield of her vehicle on the …

Dover-Foxcroft accepts grants for work on Central Hall and for trail development

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 11, 2011, at 3:32 p.m.
Dover-Foxcroft selectmen accepted two $200,000 grants Monday from the Communities for Maine’s Future Program to improve the downtown area. One grant is for the rehabilitation of Central Hall and the other is for the development of a pedestrian walk along the Piscataquis River. Ken Woodbury of the …

Thieves target Piscataquis County camps

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 10, 2011, at 5:07 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | A large amount of tools and other items were taken during break-ins at three camps in Piscataquis County over the past few weeks, police said Monday. An Ambajejus Lake camp owner in Township 1 Range 9 reported the theft of miscellaneous tools from his camp and shed, …

Greenville and Piscataquis County commissioners to discuss police funding

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 07, 2011, at 6:16 p.m.
The Greenville Police Department recently was awarded a nearly $206,000 federal grant to add another police officer to its roster for three years, but the department may lose the funds if it’s unable to secure funding for the fourth-year costs. Residents were told at the annual town …