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04.15.2015

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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    MAKING A DIFFERENCE — Nancy Spencer, left, and Karen King are among the direct service/hotline volunteers for the Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance. The alliance’s many volunteers all assist the community-based organization’s effort to end domestic violence in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties and elsewhere.

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Dexter council rejects Community Bill of Rights Ordinance

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    DEBATING — Former Dexter Town Manager Dave Pearson, foreground, waits to speak at last week’s public hearing on the Community Bill of Rights ordinance.

By Mike Lange
Staff Writer
    DEXTER — After a 50-minute public hearing Thursday night, the Dexter Town Council unanimously rejected a proposed Community Bill of Rights Ordinance as most members agreed with a legal opinion that the measure would be unenforceable.
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Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance recognizes its volunteers

By Stuart Hedstrom 
Staff Writer
    DOVER-FOXCROFT — Like many non-profits, the efforts of volunteers are vital to carrying out the mission of the Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance — a community-based organization working to end domestic violence that several years ago merged similar agencies in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties respectively.
    “We have 30 direct service volunteer advocates currently,” Volunteer Program Coordinator Ginger Hutchins said du

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Forum discusses future of SAD 41 schools

By Stuart Hedstrom 
Staff Writer
    MILO — With the preliminary idea of SAD 41 students attending Foxcroft Academy having been briefly discussed at the municipal and school district level and around town, a public meeting to discuss the possibility and future of SAD 41 schools was held on April 8 upstairs at the town hall.
    “You all know why we are here, we are going to talk about the proposal to close the high school and move the students to a new school
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‘America’s Crown Jewel’ unveiled as Moosehead Lake region’s brand

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    BREATHTAKING — One of the slides from Roger Brooks’ April 10 “Branding” seminar.

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    GREENVILLE — After nearly seven months of research and intense work by the Moosehead Lake Region Branding Initiative Committee to identify and define what makes the Moosehead Lake Region unique, the results are in.
    The new Moosehead Lake Region brand direction was unveiled on April 10 and identifies the regi
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Commissioners approve CDBG application for sporting camp expansion

By Mike Lange
Staff Writer
    DOVER-FOXCROFT — A $120,000 Community Development Block Grant to help a couple expand their sporting camp businesses in the Ripogenus Dam area took another step forward at last week’s Piscataquis County Commissioners’ meeting.
    Commissioners voted 3-0 to endorse the application filed by David and Luisa Surprenant, owners of the Rip Dam Sporting Camps and the Abol Bridge Campground.
    Chris Winstead, the executive
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Fire destroys Greenville family’s home

By Mike Lange
Staff Writer
    GREENVILLE — A fast-moving fire leveled the home of a Greenville couple on April 8 evening while they were visiting family members in Massachusetts.
    The log home was owned by Everard Hayes and Judy Hayes.

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2016 budget is now in the hands of the directors

By Stuart Hedstrom 
Staff Writer
    DOVER-FOXCROFT — The full RSU 68 Board of Directors now has the 2015-16 budget to examine prior to the scheduled adoption of a preliminary spending plan at the directors’ May 5 meeting. During the April 7 session Superintendent Robert Lucy presented copies of the 40-page document for the directors to look over in detail in the ensuing few weeks.
    “This process, as you know, involves a lot of stakeholders and we have b
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Residents approve two public works equipment purchases, turn down a third

By Stuart Hedstrom 
Staff Writer
    MILO — Citizens gave their approval to the purchase of a trash truck and sidewalk machine, as well as a grant for a boat launch at a special town meeting April 9, while also voting down the proposed financing package for a plow truck.
    Residents authorized town officials to borrow up to $195,000 to finance the purchase of trash truck to replace the existing vehicle. Before the vote, Select Chair Lee McMannus said, “The
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New health education classroom ready in Dexter

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    NEW CLASSROOM — Thelma Regan, director of the Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative, is shown in the new health education classroom at Millworks in Dexter.

By Mike Lange
Staff Writer
    DEXTER — Thanks to a cooperative effort between the Tri-County Technical Center and the Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative, a new health education classroom is nearly completed at Millworks in Dexter.
    The venture
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PDF Download 04.15.2015

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