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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 7 AM EDT FRIDAY. THE FROST ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S OVERNIGHT. WIDESPREAD FROST WILL DEVELOP WITH SEVERAL HOURS OF SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES POSSIBLE IN SPOTS. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR IN SHELTERED AND LOW LYING AREAS.*FORMER STATE SENATOR MIKE PEARSON, FORMERLY OF OLD TOWN, HAS BEEN CHOSEN FROM A FIELD OF 12 CANDIDATES TO BE THE NEW TOWN MANAGER OF ENFIELD AT A SALARY OF $32,500.*LINCOLN'S OUTDOOR CONCERTS IN THE GAZEBO WILL BEGIN ON JUNE 4 THIS YEAR & RUN THROUGH SEPT. 3. * News is always welcome. E-mail us at [email protected] *  

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WEST BROADWAY WEDNESDAY MORNING

KIDS MUST WAIT TILL FALL TO FISH
At The Earliest.....
May 7- The Children's Fishing Pond, announced back in the fall of 2006, will not be ready for fishing until sometime this fall - at the earliest. The pond, located off the I-95 Access Road, is about all finished BUT it has to grow its own ecosystem before fishing will be allowed according to officials biologists from the State. This was confirmed by Ruth Birtz and Jerry Davis. That process could take up to a year to complete. When ready, the State will stock the pond with 300 trout during the first year.

As reported here a while back, the pond still has a beaver problem which is being addressed.

THE LONELY CHRISTMAS TREE
May 3 - Notice anything different in the photo of the house on West Broadway? Look at the closeup below. There's a little fir tree growing on the porch roof!

GOING THROUGH TOWN THIS MORNING
May 3 - Our photographer caught this machine going through Lincoln this morning with a State Police escort.

RAND ADVERTISING ADDS SALESPERSON


Terry Upcott & family

May 1- Rand Advertising LLC, a Lincoln based advertising agency, is happy to announce the addition of Terry Upcott of Lincoln to their staff as a part-time advertising salesperson. Upcott will be handling much of the sales for the Lincoln area promotional web site, www.lincolnmaine.us, that was designed and is maintained by Rand Advertising. The popular area web site went online almost 5 years ago and attracts roughly 8,000 visitors a week.

Terry Upcott grew up in Pontiac, Michigan. He graduated from Springfield Christian Academy in 1989, and then went to Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina where he graduated with a BA in Practical Christian Training in 1993.

After graduation, Terry taught junior high science, physical education, and coached soccer and basketball in Maryland for two years. In 1995 Terry moved to Lincoln with his wife, Jennifer and infant daughter to assist Pastor Ronald Campbell of Bible Baptist Church, located on Fleming Street. After assisting for four years, he took the pastorate upon the retirement of Pastor Campbell. He continues to serve as the pastor of Bible Baptist Church.

Terry has worked as a volunteer driver for Penquis for several years and now works part-time for the Lincoln Hometown Sears Store located on West Broadway.

"We're happy to have Terry working with us and his enthusiasm and excitement for our Lincoln area web site is something we're sure will catch on with the local business community" said Lee Rand, co-owner of Rand Advertising. "With our photography section of our business growing and Connie's work for her book/magazine publisher in Berne, IN demanding more of our time we felt it was necessary to find someone who could not only handle sales but could bring new ideas to this area of our business." added Rand.

Rand Adverising LLC was formed in 1988 by Lee and Connie Rand. The business web site is www.randadvertising.com and they can be reached at [email protected].


FUTURE STATE FARM INSURANCE OFFICE LOCATION
April 30 - An office of the State Farm Insurance Company will soon be located on West Broadway in Lincoln next to the Label Shopper in the former A & S Motors building. The name of the State Farm representative who will be manning the office has not been made public as of yet.

Arthur J. Taylor

Arthur Taylor passes away

April 25 - The Lincoln area lost a talented artist and dedicated sportsman today when Arthur Taylor passed away. Arthur was born and raised in South Boston, and met his wife Ruth (Mallett) Taylor while he was studying at Vesper George School of Art in Boston. Arthur and Ruth shared 62 years together.

Arthur had a successful career as a commercial artist in Boston and New York. In 1966, Arthur and Ruth moved their family to Maine. Ruth hails from Lee, and the Taylors had a camp on Silver Lake. Arthur enjoyed spending time with family and friends at "Home on the Grange" in Lee. The Taylors have three daughters, Leah, Laurie and Susan, three grandchildren and one great-grandson.

In addition to his art career, Arthur loved fishing for Atlantic salmon, and love to paint the rivers he fished. He also worked to help restore the salmon fishery.

A celebration of Arthur's life will be held at "Home on the Grange" in Lee at 2 pm on Sunday, May 2.

I've been privileged to know Arthur and Ruth for many years. Arthur was always helpful to other artists in the area. He will be missed by all who knew him.

- Connie Rand


LOOKING GOOD!!
April 26 - The CWA & Lake St. Real Estate building on Lake Street in downtown Lincoln sure looks good!! Quite a difference from the older building pictured below taken last fall. Once the grass and grounds are growing and green this part of Lincoln will really be a nice improvement to our downtown/lakeside area. Super job Tate, and the folks you had working for you on this project!
- Lee & Connie

April 20 - On Saturday, April 24 at 1:00 pm in the basement of the Lincoln Town Office, the Lincoln Community Liberty Conference will provide an opportunity for those who would like to have a better understanding of our government and constitution to discuss their questions.

Lincoln resident Gary Smart, who is organizing the conference, says, "Our framers of our constitution created the constitution of the United States to protect and preserve citizens' rights against the excesses and abuses of government. We need public debates about our current events. The simple solution is to create community groups to gain an informed public. Rally those groups to change the political representation to respect and work by the constitutional law of government defined by the authority of the people. Come to our conference and take part in a discussion on what our problems are and how we must solve them. This is a community discussion where everyone will take part and have a voice."

LOCAL SPORTS PHOTO SITE TO CLOSE
LACK OF SALES CITED
Local sports photographer Lee Rand at Mattanawcook Academy
April 20 - Local photojournalist Lee Rand announced today that he's closing his sports photography web site, www.leezsportsphotos.com, citing lack of sales as the main reason. The web site features thousands of local high school photos taken over the past several years. "The expenses and time involved far outweighed any revenue generated from sales from the site", Rand said. "But people sure liked to look at them!" After a sale that's already started, the photo files will be deleted - gone forever.

Lee travels through Maine and New England doing freelance photography mainly for various businesses and ad agencies. He doesn't do weddings or portraits. That will continue, he said, as well as the local sports photography he does for the Lincoln area web site, www.lincolnmaine.us. "I'll always be doing the local sports events, just not selling the photos, or taking as many! A lot of time involved there. It's great to capture our many talented local sports players in pictures and I wouldn't ever consider not doing that!"

The sports section on the local area web site is one of the more popular parts of the site and has received quite a few e-mails from sports fans all over the state, he said. Many wish they had a sports site like Lincoln's in their area.
Lee chatting with M.A. Athletic Director Dean Libbey during a basketball game last season.
Lee is an award-winning photographer with his main focus on scenic and historical landmark photography, with sports thrown into the mix. Lee’s photographs have appeared in books, on DVD covers, television commercials, and in numerous political advertising campaigns in the U.S. Rand takes most of the photos seen on the Lincoln area web site. His main photography web site is www.leezphotos.com. Prices for the photos on www.leezsportsphotos.com have been reduced and the site will be taken offline "very soon". Some of the sports photos will be moved over to his main photography web site later.

"I thought long and hard about dropping this site, we've got thousands of really great sports photos there, but in the end, it's just not worth it..."

- Connie Rand

LINCOLN SKYLINE CHANGING A BIT...

TOWN TO BUY FLYAWAY DRIVE
For $27,000
April 16 - The Town of Lincoln has agreed to buy Flyaway Drive and a 1200-foot right of way for $27,000, according to Lincoln Town Manager Lisa Goodwin. It's part of the town's plan for an industrial park and improvements to the nearby airport. The land is currently owned by John, Tim and George Edwards, and Donald Enochs. The monies will come from a 2004 reserve fund account that was set up with funds from a tax agreement with LP & T LLC. This purchase will help make way for the water and sewage access that businesses in the future industrial park will want and need in the 60-acre "Industrial Park West" area. A road parallel to the Lincoln airport runway is planned for the future. Things won't be happing in the near future though as, for instance, the sewer installation is estimated to be $900,000 and the LP & T tax increment financing account only has $84,000 in it. The idea of the industrial park was developed back in 2002. - Lee Rand

GILLMOR'S CLOSING SUNDAY!!!
Employees Notified At Meeting Wednesday
April 14 - Employees have confirmed to us that they were informed at a meeting this afternoon that Gillmor's Restaurant on West Broadway, will close its doors on Sunday. STATEMENT FROM CATHY GILLMOR: "We are closing the restaurant this Sunday at 6:00 pm until October 1st. Watch for good things to happen at Gillmor Farm Ice Cream!"

SLOWLY, BUT STEADILY!!

BEAVER PROBLEMS AT FISHING POND
Lee Rand Photo
April 9 - The Children’s Fishing Pond Park (pictured above) located between the I-95 Access Road and Park Avenue has a beaver problem according to Jerry Davis, Lincoln Code Enforcement Officer. This week, while overseeing ground work being done at the pond, Mr. Davis noticed the beaver have managed to find the overflow culvert and they are now trying to create a dam around and in it. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been contacted in an effort to find a resolution to this problem. IFW&D has contacted a local trapper who has agreed to take care of the beaver problem. Over the winter months IFW&D tried to take care of this but was unsuccessful. They tried trapping in a location upstream from the pond. This time the traps will be set at the mouth of the pond. The project was announced a few years ago, and Town officials had hoped to have the pond open for fishing this spring.....

- Lee Rand

NO "SUPER WAL-MART" FOR LINCOLN
April 7 - As previously reported by www.lincolnmaine.us, the Lincoln Wal-Mart on West Broadway will not be re-built into a "super Wal-Mart" as first planned, but expansion is taking place - on the inside. You'll be seeing wider aisles and more food products for instance. One of the goals is to compete with Hannaford and they hope to have prices about 30% lower than the Lincoln Hannaford store. We ran a photo a few weeks ago that showed that the Lincoln Wal-Mart was hiring and now they have about 40 additional temporary workers on board as well as a number of contractors and subcontractors to handle various jobs. Any "renovation" at the Lincoln store is way in the future, if at all according to a local store official. The original expansion plans were announced in 2006 - before the economy took its dive.

- Lee Rand

OOPS!!

SARGENT PATTI MCLAUGHLIN!!
Lincoln's Newest Police Sargent, Patti McLaughlin, during last summer's Lincoln Homecoming.
March 30 - Lincoln has a new police sargent - Patti McLaughlin. She has been with the Lincoln Police Department for the past two years, and began her new dutries a week ago. Lincoln has a six-member police force, and McLaughlin is the only female member. Two positions are vacant and Lincoln's new police chief, Scott Minckler, said he hopes to have those filled in the next several weeks.
Lincoln Police Sargent Patti McLaugfhlin (center) during Lincoln's Fall Fest last October.
We join with area residents in congratulating Patti on this promotion and wish her the best!!

- Lee & Connie Rand (Lee Rand Photos)

Mammograms Still Important for Women 40 and Over

PVH Believes Benefits "Overwhelming"

P.V.H. Photo

March 30 - Respected national organizations are making it clear that mammograms are still important and necessary for women who are over 40.

A controversial announcement was released recently by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The organization stated that routine mammograms were no longer seen as necessary for women between 40 and 49. Many reputable, national organizations completely disagree with that finding.

Otis W. Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer, American Cancer Society, says, “The American Cancer Society continues to recommend annual screening using mammography and clinical breast examination for all women beginning at age 40. Our experts make this recommendation after reviewing virtually all the same data reviewed by the USPSTF as well as additional data that the USPSTF did not consider.”

The American College of Radiology agrees that mammograms are important for all women over 40, and ACR officials spoke out against the basis of the USPSTF study, saying that it ignored vital and accepted information on breast cancer, including the fact that 75 percent of all breast cancer cases are in women who are not considered “high risk.”

The American Cancer Society conducted an extensive review of the data and found convincing evidence that screening with mammography reduces breast cancer mortality in women ages 40-74, with age-specific benefits varying depending on the results of individual trials. Like the USPSTF, the American Cancer Society panel also found that mammography has limitations. For instance, some women who are screened will have false alarms; some cancers will be missed; and some women will undergo unnecessary treatment. These limitations are somewhat greater in women in their forties compared with women in their fifties.

Dr. Brawley says the bottom line is that mammograms save lives—regardless of age. “As someone who has long been a critic of those overstating the benefits of screening, I use these words advisedly: this is one screening test I recommend unequivocally, and would recommend to any woman 40 and over, be she a patient, a stranger, or a family member.”

Penobscot Valley Hospital officials in Lincoln say breast cancer is a serious health problem facing adult women, and mammography is part of our solution beginning at age 40 for average risk women. “We overwhelmingly believe the benefits of screening women aged 40 to 49 outweigh the limitations,” says PVH Imaging Department Director Heather Hines. “We remain committed to helping women get tested regularly, because early detection is crucial to recovery.”


THE ICE IS OUT !!!
Breaks Previous Record By 5 Days
UPDATE: According to Jeff Neal, Cold Stream Pond went out today, too. This is the first time ever (since 1934) that both lakes have gone out on the same day and the first time that Cold Stream Pond has gone out in the month of March.

March 24th - The ice on Mattanawcook Pond went out late today. This breaks the record for the earliest ice-out on the Pond by five days set back on March 29, 2006. Records have been kept since 1930 and are available at http://www.lincolnmaine.us/new_history/history_iceout.html.

- Lee Rand

ICE OUT??
NOT YET!
March 24 (8am): The ice on Mattanawcook Pond Pond is poised for the earliest ice-out in its history BUT it's not quite out - yet. We're predicting later today, especially if the wind comes up and blows west. We'll keep you posted on your Lincoln area web site......

Flooding on West Broadway
March 23 - There was some minor flooding today on West Broadway near the railroad tracks this afternoon due to heavy rain. Crews were already on hand to drain the water when we quickly snapped these two photos through the car window, so hopefully things will be back to normal soon.

Rain is expected to continue tonight and through tomorrow, with temperatures in the thirties.

COMING TO LINCOLN AUGUST 1ST
March 15 - The Lincoln Planning Board met tonight with a representative from Tim Hortons. They hope to build on West Broadway across from Gilmor's Car Wash on the location of the former Smart's Equipment. The land is now owned by Gardner Companies. Once all the permits are received, he said construction would start ASAP. They're shooting for an August 1st opening, if all goes according to plan.
The Tim Hortons chain was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario. The chain's focus on top quality, always fresh product, value, great service and community leadership has allowed it to grow into the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada specializing in always fresh coffee, baked goods and homestyle lunches.
In 1995, Tim Hortons merged with Wendy's International, Inc., giving new focus and impetus to the expansion of the Tim Hortons concept in the United States. Tim Hortons locations can presently be found in Michigan, Maine, Connecticut, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York, with responsible expansion continuing in these core markets. The Canadian operation is 95% franchise owned and operated, and plans in the U.S. call for the same key strategy to be implemented as expansion progresses. Currently, there are more than 2,800 stores across Canada, and over 500 locations in the United States. The nearest Hortons' location to Lincoln is on Stillwater Avenue in Old Town.
The future location of Tim Hortons on West Broadway in Lincoln.
Although not all the t's have been crossed and i's dotted, it looks pretty good that they'll be ready and open for business by late summer.

- Lee Rand

MEET LINCOLN'S NEW POLICE CHIEF

March 10 - Lincoln's new Chief of Police, Scott Minckler (pictured above), was welcomed to town with an open house at the Public Safety Building this afternoon from noon to 3 pm. Minckler began his duties March 1st. One of his top priorities, he told us today, was filling the two vacancies on the police department. Things are a little hectic right now, but he's looking forward to serving the community. His wife and daughter are still living in Massachusetts but he's in hopes of them all being together here in Lincoln soon.

We at www.lincolnmaine.us join with the rest of our community in wishing him the best!

- Lee Rand


CLEANUP STARTING AT HOWLAND TANNERY
March 9 - The cleanup of the Howland tannery has started. Dirt Diggers, Inc., a Winterport-based company, has been cutting and chipping trees and shrubs at the site since last Friday. 2012 is the year that everything will hopefully be completed. What will be done on the land may be known on March 29th when a draft report will be released to the Board of Selectmen by the vision committee looking into the future use of the land which once housed Howland's largest employer. Soon the building will be another distant memory in the area.

EVERETT MCLEOD TO SEEK RE-ELECTION
February 28 - State Representative Everett McLeod (R-Lee) has announced his intention to seek re-election in the fall elections. McLeod represents Maine House District #11, which includes Lee and several surrounding towns. McLeod has represented the area in Augusta for several years and serves on the House Government Oversight and Inland Fisheries & Wildlife committees.

DUTCH OVEN BEING RESTORED
February 22 - George King of the Lincoln Historical Society told us today that the dutch oven discovered in the kitchen of the Corro house is undergoing restoration. George says the job is now 90% complete, and should be finished in April. Here are some photos for you.

NEW SENIOR HOUSING PROJECT COMING ALONG NICELY
February 22 - If you visited downtown Lincoln today, you probably noticed that the new senior housing project being built on the former Lake Mall property is taking shape fast. The new building is a welcome change!

HOMECOMING '10 ENTERTAINMENT BEING FINALIZED
Rise Above Extreme BMX/Skateboarding Pro Show Signed
February 5 - According to Shelly Crosby, Events Coordinator for the Town of Lincoln, the entertainment for this summer's Homecoming is really starting to take shape! One particular act that has been finalized after months of negotiating is the Rise Above Extreme BMX/Skateboarding Pro Show. This exciting ensemble of characters is known nationally for stunt work and professional gigs such as: X-Games, The Mt. Dew Action Sports Tour, MTV, MTV2, CBS, NBC, ABC, Camp Woodward, The CBS Early Show, Great American Fundraising, QSP Fundraising, Levis, CVS, Pepsi, Ball Park Beef Franks, The Wasserman Media Group, Clear Channel, Live Nation, NBA, NFL, Time-Warner,to name only a few. They'll be in the parade on July 17th as well as performing two shows that afternoon in Veteran's Memorial Square.

According to Crosby," “This is the first time that this nationally known group has performed in the State of Maine, and it is exciting that Lincoln has the opportunity to share this dynamic group during our festival. I’m sure that the kids and older folks too, will get a kick out of their performances!”

The Roaming Railroad (pictured above) was enjoyed by kids and adults alike last year, and plans are being made for a return again this summer. Much more is being planned for this summer's Homecoming here in Lincoln, the week of July 11th, so mark your calendars now!
It's ALWAYS a fun time to be in Lincoln, Maine over Homecoming! To see coverage of past homecoming celebrations on the Lincoln area web site, justCLICK HERE!

- Lee Rand

THELINCOLNWEBSITE.COM EXCLUSIVE

HISTORIC FIND AT CORRO HOUSE

January 16 - When Lincoln Historical Society members gathered this morning at the Corro house on West Broadway, they had intended to work on the kitchen floor. As the work progressed, a brick hearth was discovered along an interior wall. The ladies suspected that there might be something behind the wall, so George King moved a section of mopboard to make an exploratory hole in the wall small enough to be covered up by the mopboard if nothing was found.

As the sawdust was swept up, ashes and a small corncob were discovered, so everybody pitched in to see what was behind the wall. As dust filled the room , little by little a fireplace and dutch oven were uncovered. The fireplace is thought to date from the1830s when the house was built. In those days, the fireplace was used for cooking and heating water for daily use. Cooking pots would have hung from metal brackets in the fireplace.

LHS members are trying to figure out how the dutch oven to the right of the fireplace was heated. At the bottom of the oven area is a piece of wood set into the bricks. It was carved into a curved shape that may have been to make room for a water pot. A built-in bookcase in an adjacent room intrudes into the dutch oven area. The LHS will decide if the depth of the bookcase should be reduced and whether any of the brickwork can be restored.

According to LHS members, "This is an unexpected, historic find!" If you have any idea how these old fireplaces worked, e-mail us and we'll share the information with our visitors and the Lincoln Hisltorical Society. For more pictures, CLICK HERE.

- Connie Rand
UPDATE: January 17 - Jeff Page wrote to tell us that the firelplace discovered at the Corro house is a Count Rumford fireplace. He sent THIS LINK as evidence. Thanks Jeff!

WAL-MART TO EXPAND FOOD PRODUCTS SECTION
Application Filed With Town
January 8 - Lincoln Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Davis reports that Wal-Mart has filed a building permit application for a $300,000 expansion of its existing store on West Broadway. Mr. Davis was told that the expansion will consist of a mechanical room to house refrigeration units to expand the store’s food products line.Wal-mart opened in Lincoln 17 years ago. The murals on the inside front walls were painted by Lincoln artist Connie Rand. One of the town's largest employers, the store brings people into Lincoln from as far away as Millinocket and Milo. Lincoln serves as a shopping hub for several nearby towns as well.

GAUTHIER ANNOUNCES FOR STATE SENATE
Sets Up Possible Conservative Vs. Liberal Showdown

January 7 - Lincoln resident Traci Gauthier has announced her intentions to run for the Maine State Senate from District #30. The seat is presently occupied by Elizabeth Schneider, D- Orono. Here is the text of Gauthier's announcement:
PRESS RELEASE: Gauthier has been active in Lincoln-area community affairs and said it is time that her part of Penobscot County had strong representation in Augusta which reflects the needs of working Maine families. “We need representation that will uphold the oath to protect the constitution and serve the people, not use their position in the legislature for progressive activism,” she said. She said restoring the economy and business environment to bring the dignity of good paying jobs should be the major priority of a legislator.
Gauthier, who spent 19 years in the social services fields including work as a hospice aid and as a mental health and substance abuse case worker for families and children, said, “With no job opportunities, welfare becomes generational and robs families of their dignity. Maines greatest resource is its people and their work ethic.” The state’s punitive taxes and anti-business climate hurt working families because Maine lacks incentives for start-up small businesses which create jobs, Gauther said. “Taxes are restrictive and spending is out of control. Both effect private sector job creation and opportunity for this and future generations. There are areas to cut state spending that do not impact essential services,” she said. Traci Gauthier’s husband, Robert, is an independent building contractor. She is currently in direct sales. She has two children, Vanessa Knights, 23, and Tom Knights, 21. Traci is a fifth generation Mainer. Her father is Stuart Whitney, a truck driver, and her mother is Mary Whitney Twist, the Administrative Assistant for the Town of Winn.
Gauthier is Lincoln Town Republican Chair, a Lincoln representative to the Penobscot County Republican Committee and a Republican State Committee representative for Penobscot County. Senate District 30 includes the municipalities and unorganized territories of Alton, Argyle Twp., Bradford, Edinburg, Enfield, Greenbush, Howland, Hudson, Kingman Twp., LaGrange, Lee, Lincoln, Mattawamkeag, Maxfield, Old Town, Orono, Passadumkeag, Penobscot Nation Indian Island (a/k/a Penobscot Nation Voting District), Springfield, Twombly a/k/a T3-R1, Veazie, Webster Plantation and Winn.
TRACI GAUTHIER FOR STATE SENATE Po Box 760 Lincoln Maine 794-8540 / 290-2035.
As of now, Gauthier faces no Primary opposition to her nomination.
- Lee Rand

LINCOLN CHAMBER TO STAY OPEN
DUES WILL INCREASE
January 6 - The Board of Directors of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce have decided in a closed meeting to keep the Chamber open. No actual vote on dissolving the Chamber was taken. A number of actions were decided upon that, hopefully, will keep the organization solvent. These include, but aren't limited to the following : The yearly dues will increase based on the model used by the Katahdin Chamber of Commerce in Millinocket.

The Chamber's information building on West Broadway will be closed from Labor Day till Memorial Day. Every second Wednesday of the month they will hold a business meeting open to all Chamber members. EXPO '10 will be held this year; tentatively the first Saturday in April. The Board of Directors have held several meetings, some open and some closed, over the past couple of months concerning the fate of the organization whose membership includes over 100 businesses.

PVH would like to thank several local businesses and individuals for donating or making items for the New Year’s Baby basket presented to the family of the first New Year’s baby born at the hospital each January.Baby Breena, along with any other babies born at PVH this year and hospitals around the state, will be eligible for the Harold Alfond College Challenge and can apply to receive a $500 grant to start a NextGen College Investing Plan® account. Beloved philanthropist Harold Alfond established the program before he died to ensure access to higher education for all Maine’s children. There is no income limit or need to contribute additional money to receive the grant, and all Maine resident babies born in 2010 and those who become Maine residents before their first birthday will be eligible for the program. Prior to leaving the hospital, the parents of all babies born at PVH are offered information about the Harold Alfond College Challenge and how to open a NextGen® account. Babies’ families must open a NextGen account before the child’s first birthday to receive the Alfond Grant, and more money may be put into the account by the parents if they so choose.

“We’re very pleased to participate in this program,” says PVH Spokesperson Allison Bankston. “This is a great opportunity for young families to start college funds for their children and for PVH to help them plan for the future.” About 14,000 babies are expected to be born in Maine in 2009. The Alfond Grant program is administered by FAME--the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME). For more information on the Harold Alfond College Challenge please call 800-228-3734 or visit www.500forbaby.org.

Before investing in the NextGen Plan, parents should carefully consider the investment objectives, charges, expenses and risks of investing in the NextGen Plan. Families should also consider whether Maine offers state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in the plan. Request a program description from FAME by calling 800-228-3734 or online at www.500forbaby.org and please read it carefully. NextGen is a Section 529 plan administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Merrill Lynch is the Program Manager and underwriter.

10" OF NEW SNOW!!

IT'S NOW OFFICIALLY A BLIZZARD!
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CARIBOU HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST SUNDAY.

SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT. TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING WILL RANGE FROM 10 TO 18 INCHES ACROSS THE REGION. THE SNOW COULD MIX WITH RAIN AT TIMES LATER TONIGHT ALONG THE DOWNEAST COAST AND NEAR THE CANADIAN BORDER... POSSIBLY LIMITING ACCUMULATIONS THERE. NORTH WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS... REACHING SUSTAINED SPEEDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH BY LATER THIS EVENING. SIMILAR WINDS WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT. THIS WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AT TIMES WITH VERY DIFFICULT AND HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS EXPECTED THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.*


STORM DROPS 11" OF WHITE STUFF ON LINCOLN!!

Springfield Fire Meetings Every Wednesday

Please note that the meeting night for Springfield Fire has changed to Wednesday.  It is still at 6:30 PM.  All neighboring volunteers are invited for training, which commences at 7 PM.



U.S. Web Spending Hits New Record

Businesses Spending More On Internet Advertising As Consumers Use The Net More

U.S. Internet advertising revenue rose 25 percent in the third quarter to about $5.2 billion, a new record, according to data released on Monday. For more follow this link : http://ct.enews.pcmag.com/rd/cts?d=184-5066-3-121-523422-644328-0-0-0-1

And, in a new Harris poll just out it found that 80% of American adults now use the internet and they spend an average of 11 hours a week surfing, shopping, and gathering information using the world wide web!


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