Dexter Regional High School recognizes "Students of the Month
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff: DEXTER, Maine — Nearly 200 people packed into Dexter Town Hall on Thursday evening, most to voice their support for a moratorium on any east-west highway projects.
Twenty people stood at the microphone to tell Town Council members how they felt during the public hearing. Most spoke in favor of a moratorium. Only Dexter residents were allowed to speak.
“We believe this is necessary because there isn’t enough concrete information to make responsible decisions at this time,” said Linda Tisdale. “This corridor may be one of the most significant decisions that this town will ever face. We are concerned about the potential irreversible long-term consequences of the corridor.”
The proposed corridor includes a 220-mile toll highway connecting Calais to Coburn Gore, creating an east-west route from New Brunswick to Quebec. Cianbro Corp. President and CEO Peter Vigue, who has been a leading voice in favor of the route, previously has said the highway would avoid town centers and pass between Dover-Foxcroft and Dexter. He also has said that eminent domain will not be used in acquiring land for the project.
Neighbor towns Sangerville and Monson also have placed moratoriums on the project. Parkman, Garland and Charleston are considering similar measures.
In a 4-2 vote, the Town Council decided to place a six-month moratorium on construction of private corridors including paved highways, pipelines and high-tension transmission lines.
Sangerville Town Manager and Dexter resident Dave Pearson said the moratorium is needed to allow Dexter to get policies in place to deal with such projects.
“The town really has nothing in place that can review this project,” he said. “Nowhere in [Dexter’s] table of land uses will you find something that even resembles this corridor project.”
Dexter Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs urged the council to vote against a moratorium.
“I assure you folks that this is not something that will be solved or settled or even acted on in the six months that’s being requested,” said Briggs before the vote. “This timeout is not going to do anything to help you to make a decision on where our community will go in the future.
“I urge you [town councilors] to consider the political statement that you make if you support this moratorium,” she continued. “That political statement in fact says Dexter doesn’t want business.”
Briggs’ statements were met with boos mixed with a few claps.
Peter Haskell, chairman of the Dexter Town Council, also faced backlash from the crowd for his comments.
“I don’t think any answers you get will change your mind on the highway,” Haskell told the standing-room only crowd. “I think you’re dead-set against it from the start. There’s nothing that will change your mind.”
Mike Curtis, a Dexter resident for 38 years, said he was taken aback by Haskell’s remark.
“What we’re hoping … is when you pass this moratorium it will force the powers that be … to be more forthcoming in terms of information so that some of us can make [an informed] decision,” he said. “The purpose we want with this moratorium, in conjunction with other moratoriums [from other towns], is to send a message to these people to give us some information. Don’t keep us in the dark like mushrooms.”
“Why give the green light to the proponents of this project when they’ve been unwilling to shed more than dim candlelight on what lies ahead?” Curtis asked councilors earlier.
Councilor Fred Banks told the crowd that he was impressed with what the speakers had to say, but that he was opposed to a moratorium.
“I do think that this moratorium will do nothing. I really believe it will do nothing,” he said.
However, Banks voted with the majority.
Councilors Banks, Michele Smith, Michael Blake and Denise Dinsmore voted for the moratorium. Haskell and Alan Wintle voted against it. Andre Robichaud did not attend the meeting.
The moratorium will be in place until Dec. 13.
DEXTER- Come and enjoy a lighthearted evening of country, bluegrass and gospel music by Zevulon on Sat. June 22 beginning 7 p.m. at the Wayside Theatre in North Dexter.
Inspired by the local bluegrass fervor of central Maine, Zevulon has been an area favorite since 2005. Zevulon means dwelling of honor in Hebrew and to hear them play is an honor.
The band members now range in age from 16 to a mom/grandmother. Esther (vocals), Clarissa (guitar), Robert (banjo) and Joshua (mandolin) were all part of the Abbott Hill Ramblers bluegrass program. Grace (piano) has performed both solo and with various ensembles before joining Zevulon in 2010.
Mom/Grandmother Deb (bass) grew up playing jazz and blues on alto saxophone, and is active in the Foxcroft Academy music program. Dad Todd is part of the show, too, running the sound board off stage.
Between songs, while the band members change instrument and adjust microphones, Joshua dead-pans his way through many jokes and stories that keep you laughing. His mandolin playing is nothing to laugh at, though, as he fingers amazing single-string melodies and strums remarkable chords.
Although Zevulon generally describes their band as country, bluegrass and gospel, they also enjoy playing jazz, rock and folk. Their repertoire and performance is truly versatile and unique — as evidenced by a resume that includes open stages, talent shows, benefits, churches, coffee houses, fairs, festivals, house concerts, banquets, picnics and weddings.
The doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8. Baked goodies and refreshments at intermission as well as pie auctions, a door prize and a 50/50. The theatre is located at 851 North Dexter Rd (Rt. 23), Dexter.
FMI on Zevulon, including their concert schedule, go to Zevulon.com, Facebook and/or listen to them on YouTube.
FMI on the Wayside Grange concerts contact Chester Bekier 924-5711, Joe Kennedy 277-3733 or WaysideGrange@yahoo.com.
MAINE - The Maine Department of Labor has made the youth work-permit application available online in time for the summer hiring season. All minors under the age of 16 must have a work permit before they start a job, whether or not they attend school.
For teens under the age of 16, restrictions limit the types of jobs and the hours they can work. Minors cannot work jobs considered "hazardous." Some of the jobs Maine teens under 18 years old cannot do include operating most mechanical equipment, driving for work and working alone in a cash-based business. Teens or parents can download the work-permit application HERE, and drop off the completed form, which must include a parent's signature, at the superintendent's office. Blank forms are available at superintendent's offices for pick up as well.
Parents and employers can expedite the approval process by making sure the work permit request includes both proof of age and parental/guardian approval. The application must contain the specific job duties (e.g., "dishwasher"). The name of the business on the permit must be the actual business name, which may be different from what people commonly call it. The school district sends the completed application to the Maine Department of Labor for approval. Teens can have two active work permits in the summer but only one permit during the school year.
A copy of the Guide to Maine Laws Governing the Employment of Minors is posted on the Maine Department of Labor website and is available by request by calling (207) 623-7900. Additional forms and information about employment law in Maine are available at the Bureau of Labor Standards' website.
PENQUIS - The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District runs a summer camp for children and teens that live in Piscataquis County and the surrounding areas. The PCSWCD Summer Camp makes learning fun and gives youth opportunities to learn about agriculture and natural resources first-hand from farmers and natural resource professionals that provide lively presentations, unique demonstrations and engaging hands-on activities.
Each day has a different theme to increase the youths' knowledge about how productive farmland and forests, clean air and drinking water, are all important for a healthy natural ecosystem that benefits our community and the people who live in Piscataquis County. The mission of the summer camp is to create greater awareness of agriculture, forestry and other natural resource ecology and management, so that our youth will be prepared to make responsible decisions about caring for our earth in order to sustain our quality of life.
The PCSWCD has offered a two week, half day Natural Resources and Agricultural Summer Camp to children ages 7-12 for the past decade, and for the first time will offer a separate two week, full day summer camp for older youth so that they will become better educated adults, who will be good stewards of Maine's natural resources.
This summer camp will foster better educated adults who will be good stewards of Maine's natural resources. Today's summer campers are tomorrow's local leaders. They will be called upon to serve as planning board members, selectmen, voters…and they will be ready to be stewards of our land and water.
SUMMER CAMP STAFF AND INTERNS:
A strong work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a team will assure success in this position. We look for people that we believe would make strong, positive role models in the lives of our campers and be leaders and mentors within our small community.
By applying to camp you are expressing an interest in helping children to develop in a caring, nurturing, and fun environment. You will gain substantive professional experience as well as exposure to critical issues pertaining to the non-profit sector. You are not only teaching the youth specific skills, you are also teaching them life lessons through leading by example."
First Universalist Church of Pittsfield Sells ExxonMobil, Divests from Fossil Fuels
Pittsfield, ME – In a bold move within a church that runs on a shoestring budget, the Council of the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield, Maine voted Sunday to sell its more than 1600 shares of Exxon Mobil stock and pledged to make its entire portfolio fossil fuel free within five years.
Among a growing number of city governments, colleges, institutions, and churches across the United States, the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield has embarked on a five-year pledge to divest its investment portfolio of the largest 200 coal, oil, and gas companies world-wide.
Why? According to the investment professionals that manage their portfolio, the Exxon Mobil stock – generously bequeathed to the church years ago – represents too large a percentage of the church’s overall portfolio. The lack of investment diversity constitutes financial risk.
“But fossil-free investing is not about diversifying one’s portfolio to prevent financial risk,” said Council Member Holly Zadra who led the effort. The grassroots divestment strategy heralded by student activists, writer Bill McKibben, andhttp://www.350.org focuses on “a different kind of risk – the risk that burning too many fossil fuels in an already overburdened system endangers everything – people, plants, animals, food, water and the relatively predictable climate in which those things have flourished.”
First Universalist Church of Pittsfield Reverend Margaret Beckman said, “We concluded that we wanted to move toward values-based investing and away from financial return-only considerations. Our vote is a true reflection of our Unitarian Universalist values and the way that we, as a congregation, want to be in the world."
Zadra said, “Divestment is partly symbolic, partly strategic. The movement aims to revoke the social license extended to the companies who continue to wreak havoc on the planet while spending billions lobbying governments and buying legislators that keep renewable and locally-generated energy out of the equation.”
A list of the 200 largest fossil fuel companies on which the fossil-free campaign focuses can be found athttp://www.carbontracker.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/08/Unburnable-Carbon-Full1.pdf
But not everyone on the Council agrees with the move. Council Treasurer Priscilla Jones cast the lone vote against divestment. She said, “I believe this divestment movement is based on a false premise. Fossil fuels improve the quality of peoples lives and will for many years to come."
Within the Church Council the democratic process reigns, and a 10-to-1 vote means the motions passed.
In a church that includes among its Seven Principles “respect for the interdependent web of all existence,” investment is both a moral and financial decision. Finance Chair John Burgess said it was important that the church invest in ways “that more closely reflect our values and ethics.” He said, “This is a big step for us to take, and I am proud of the church council for acting boldly on this matter.”
NORTH DEXTER - 2013 SHOW SCHEDULE AT 7 PM
Contact: Chester at 924-5711 or Liz at 938-2678 for more information
NORTH DEXTER - The Talent Night Committee of Wayside Theatre/Grange is planning a night of music and laughter on Saturday, June 29th. The committee is looking for additional talent to add to their present program.
Any member of the public who enjoys being on the stage with other like minded folks is encouraged to come to the next committe meeting on Thursday, May 23 at 5 P.M at Wayside. Jugglers, magicians, comedians, musicians and just plain talented and not so talented folks are welcomed.
FMI: Barb at 924-5711
MAINE - Business and nonprofit entities can file quickly and easily using the Secretary of State's online filing system. To file online, go HERE Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, electronic check or with a subscriber account.
The Annual Report fee is $85 for domestic business entities, $150 for foreign business entities and $35 for domestic or foreign nonprofit corporations. Entities that filed online in a previous year will be able to review the information provided at that time, and will simply need to update that information as necessary prior to filing this year's report. For account subscribers, the online filing service includes additional functionality to assist with managing multiple annual report filings.
Another online service allows noncommercial clerks or noncommercial registered agents to change their addresses. Additionally, this service allows an authorized individual of a foreign entity (organized outside Maine) to change the principal or home office address. Anyone wishing to make these address changes separately from the online annual report filing service, should visit HERE .
For entities that prefer to file a paper annual report, a preprinted form can be downloaded HERE .
A substantial late-filing penalty will be assessed, and may not be waived, on all reports received after June 3, 2013, the legal filing deadline.
The Secretary of State's Corporations Division is available to answer questions regarding Annual Report filing or changing an address. The division can be reached at (207) 624-7752 or by email at email@example.com .
PENQUIS - There will be a Multi-Town Wide Yard Sale in Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Abbot and Sangerville on July 13th & 14th.
$5 charge to be included on a map; each map entry will be entered to win a basket full of lottery tickets! Maps for all towns can be found in each town.
We would love to see Businesses and Non-Profits get involved!
For Dover-Foxcroft email Sheila: firstname.lastname@example.org or call @ 564-3318 ex 21, Guilford / Sangerville call Julie @ 876-1000 or 343-1010, Abbot email Trisha: email@example.com or call 876-4319
All proceeds in Dover will benefit the Shiretown Homecoming Committee and Guilford, Sangerville & Abbot will benefit the Pirate Rec Dept.
DEXTER - Fossa's General Store / Dexter Community Farm Project is pleased to announce that we expect to open the Fossa's General Store on the corner of Main street and Route 7 in Dexter soon.
We will be offering food products produced primarily within 35+ miles of Dexter.
We hope to be able to offer a wide variety of items ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables to meats, dairy products, baked goods, and value-added items. We aim to offer the consumer the widest variety of products that we can, weather that be certified organic or not. We are currently seeking products that will be available for our opening in May.
Interested producers are welcome to contact Judy Wilbur Craig at the store 207.924.DEXT(3398) or by email judy@DexterFarmProject.com
Click here for the Guidelines for Producers – adopted 05.2013 by DRDC Board of Directors.
For folks on Facebook we post nearly daily updates on our construction progress at https://www.facebook.com/groups/dexterfarmproject
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DEXTER - Dexter Fish & Game Association, Inc., who operates Wassookeag Family Campgrounds on Lake Wassookeag, Dexter Maine announces that the campground will be opening on May 15th for our "2013" season.
There are 15 Sites for Tents or RV's, and you can ask about discounts and Special Seasonal Rates Available. The campground features Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, & Trash pick up provided, Sandy Beach, Swimming, Horse Shoes, Picnic Area, Playground, Boat Launch, Bath House with Hot Showers, Dump Station, On Site Restaurant & Ice Cream (Lake Shore Lunch).
There is 1062 acres of beautiful lake for fishing, boating, bird watching etc. Great Fishing (Salmon, Cusk, White Perch, Yellow Perch, Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Pickerel, Small Mouth Bass) Within 1 mile of shopping, golf course, kayak rentals, and restaurants etc.
Seasonal Special: May 15th thru October 15th for just $1500.00 (50% savings)
Reservations and Full Payment required in advance. Credit/Debit card only. No checks. Call 1-207-717-CAMP (2267) for reservations and or more information.
Plans for the 2013 River Festival have begun GUILFORD - This years theme is Redneck Riverfest complete with a pig scramble organized by Herring Brothers. We are also pleased to announce that musical groups Emerald Sky and Still Waters will be playing on stage Saturday, July 27th.
The parade will meander through town with colorful floats decorated in theme.
There will be a variety of delicious foods offered by local vendors and interesting crafts on display as well. Ducks will once again race down the river in the afternoon.
We are hoping to raise enough funds through sponsorship to be able to have a fire works display at the end of the evening.
If you are interested in having a booth or sponsoring fireworks please contact Carrie Fellows at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-5271. Stay tuned for more details to follow.
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