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We like to recognize "Nice News" from the Lincoln area, and we hope you do too!
Veteran marches to benefit troops

Supported by donations from many area businesses, including RAND ADVERTISING, US Veteran Kurt Thompson is pictured here Monday in full combat gear in Lincoln at the 15.8 mile mark of his "Road March" to benefit US troops overseas. Thompson, who lives in Chester with his wife April and children Brandon and Meka Thompson and Justin Botting, received pledges and donations for his efforts. These photos were taken on West Broadway as temperatures reached the mid-80's. God speed!



May 10, 2006

At 5:05 PM, the long-awaited arrival of the 75-ton dryer drum for LP& T's new tissue machine arrived here in Lincoln, with a State Police escort. Coming down Route 6/Lee Road, the drum was met by a couple hundred area residents and a very happy Keith van Scotter, President and CEO of Lincoln Paper and Tissue. Our photographer was there to photograph AND film the event. Despite the dreary, overcast, drizzly weather, the mood was quite festive as people began gathering shortly before 5 PM to await the arrival. Numerous people were taking pictures, and along with a film crew from MPBN also captured the occasion. This drum is a vital component of the new tissue machine being built at LP&T, and its arrival will go a long way to ensure the viability of the mill down the road.

Below is a series of photographs taken by our photographer, Lee Rand, this afternoon. We would like to thank Mr. van Scotter for taking a few moments to talk with Lee, and we appreciate his kind comments concerning this Web site. We would also like to thank Thornton Brothers for giving us a unique vantage point to take some of these photographs that you'll be looking at, and also we'd like to thank Rhonda at LP&T for updating us as we were waiting for the drum's arrival. I'm sure we can speak for the residents of this area when we say we're very optimistic about the future of this mill under the leadership of van Scotter, and this is one more sign of a great new beginning. And, that's what we call Nice News!

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Lee man rescues lost loon

Loons are great swimmers, and they can fly pretty well too. They sometimes get into a bit of trouble with the takeoffs and landings, however. They need a lot of room to run on the water in order to get airborne, and if they land on a pond that's too small they might be unable to take off again. If they happen to get tired while making a night flight and set themselves down on a road, they're really in trouble. A loon on land is helpless because the same design that lets them swim and dive so well leaves them just about unable to walk at all.

On July 30, Roger Ek of Lee noticed a loon struggling along under a guardrail a few miles from his camp. He decided to try to help the bird, and put an old jacket over it. The loon calmed down and didn't struggle much. Roger picked up the 8-pound bird, and drove it to his camp, where he released it.

Roger placed the loon on his dock and uncovered it. The loon sat there for a moment, then jumped into the lake, dunking its head in the water a few times. It went under the water for a couple of seconds about 8 feet from the dock, then dove and surfaced about 50 yards out. Roger said, "He stood up in the water, flapped his wings and whooped and sang as only a loon can."

We don't know where the loon ended up, but it was happy to be back in the water again! It's a good thing Roger happened along when he did, and was observant enough to notice the big bird's dilemma.

The top left photo was taken by Roger's wife, Pat. You can see the loon's head hanging down on the right, and its foot under Roger's left elbow.

The photo above shows the loon on Roger's dock with the jacket still keeping the bird calm.

The picture on the left shows the loon uncovered, resting before jumping into the water. Below, you can see it swimming after it was back in its natural element. Roger says the planks are six inches wide, which gives an idea just how big a loon is.

Roger says, "By the way, loons are strong!"

Thanks to Roger, this loon had a happy ending to its adventure. Sounds like Nice News to us!

The SAD #67 Board of Directors voted to the name the Ella P. Burr gym as Weatherbee Gymnasium, after John Weatherbee. The honor is given in consideration of John dedicating 50 years to coaching the children of MSAD #67. We TOTALLY agree with this decision. Thanks, John! Note: John passed away on July 19, just one day before the ceremony officially naming the gym.
Gardner brothers give more than their share for local sports at MA

Out behind a memorial for Gary Gordon most of us don't know about - but should - and beyond the Dale Curry football field at Mattanawcook Academy is a gift to the community that will be a treasure for years to come thanks to Tom and Scott Gardner. As you can tell from these photos, a lot of work has already been done, with a lot more to do still. And, of course, a little help from Mother Nature will be needed too! Connie and I took a walk to the "field" recently to see the project for ourselves. Impressive - more so than can be seen in these photos.

The Gardners' goal is for MA to have a first class athletic facility ready this coming fall. The project got its start last year when their company, W.T. Gardner & Sons, donated the field to SAD #67. All kinds of work has gone into the field, valued at about $300,000 when all is said and finished! Trees had to be removed, for example, the land had to be prepared for drainage, etc, and topsoil and seeding had to be applied. What you see in our photos is what it looks like now- it'll be quite different when it's finished! And, besides it being a practice field, there are plenty of ideas for adding to and expanding the use of the field. Hosting championship events is just one of the possibilities.

Both Tom and Scott Gardner are graduates of Mattanawcook Academy. Tom is a volunteer assistant football coach at MA and his brother serves on the SAD #67 Board of Directors. Two brothers - MA grads giving something back to their alma mater and their community! We call that "Nice News"!!

And, will keep you posted about more developments. Thanks guys.

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Local soldier helps Afghan boy

This is one of those stories about one of the many, many good things our American soldiers are doing in war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks to Lt. Col. Verne McMoarn and others, a severely disabled boy in Afghanistan now has a wheelchair, giving him the mobility he needs. Without his new chair, the boy would have to spend much of his time confined to his bed.

Lt. Col. McMoarn, a military advisor on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, noticed the boy during a training mission. Using his skills with the local languages, he located the Afghan boy when the exercises were completed. Lt. Col. McMoarn was able to find a wheelchair for him, and arrange for the chair to be transported to the thankful family. Many other U.S. military personnel were involved in the search for the chair and transportation efforts.

Lt. Col. McMoarn, who lives in Chester with his wife Phalia and their daughters, has helped many civilians during his tours of duty in Afghanistan. You may not see these humanitarian efforts mentioned in the national media, but we're pleased to bring you this Nice News here on! Our thanks to viewer Mike Whitney for alerting us to this story and sharing the photo with us.

The Rands' Statement on Chamber of Commerce Nomination

May 4, 2006

A few weeks ago Connie and I learned that because of our efforts in promoting the Lincoln area we were being nominated, along with four other individuals, by the local Chamber of Commerce for "Business Person(s) of The Year". We certainly appreciate the fact that we're being recognized by some in the business community for our promotional web site,

According to the Chamber "This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution in quality of life or the enhancement of community or regional assets. This award recognizes accomplishments, achieved over a short-term, by an individual(s), member nonprofit organizations, public sector committees or businesses." Our Lincoln web site's statement of purpose written last July states "This Web site has been developed and built to showcase the business community, the way of life, the recreational opportunities and the natural beauty of Lincoln, Maine and surrounding areas. "

It seems we're on the same track! Connie and I want to thank those in The Chamber who appreciate our work enough to nominate us for this recognition. You ain't seen nothing yet!

Region 3 breaks ground for new sign

March 23 - Northern Penobscot Tech - Region 3, has broken ground for a new concrete sign that will be erected by the end of this school year. Pictured here is the beginning of what will be a very attractive sign for the school on West Broadway. The welding department is working on it and Brian Lavertu will be doing the stone work. The structure will include flower beds and a walk way around it. It will also serve as a memorial to the late Bob Hamilton who served as custodian at the school for 28 years.

Check back here later this spring to see the finished product!
An interesting side note to this project: During the digging for the footings, Scott Arthers found a large 1829 penny. 1829 was the year the Town of Lincoln was incorporated! Here are some pictures of the actual coin, and front and back views of a similar penny from the early 1800s.
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Local Credit Union to Fund Historical Renovation in Lincoln

April 21, 2006 - The Lincoln Maine Federal Credit Union has offered to fund the renovations of the Little Red Schoolhouse by the Lincoln Historical Society, according to Paul Nute, who is chairman of the board of the credit union. A check in the amount of $4,000 was presented by David Brillant and Cris Kinney, President and Vice President of the LMFCU, to Historical Society representatives Bing Sturgeon and Jeannette King.

The presentation was made at the Little Red Schoolhouse on West Broadway in Lincoln. According to Brillant, this is just another indication of the local credit union’s commitment to community involvement. “This is very historical (the schoolhouse), and we think it’s just great that we can be part of this restoration effort for present and future generations.”

The schoolhouse actually served as an early home for the credit union, which just happens to be celebrating its 40th year of serving the community. The planned spring renovations will be done mainly on the inside to make the school “ . . .look the way it did way back when. Right now we have paneling on the walls which was not there originally, for example,” said George King of the Lincoln Historical Society.

On top of this generous donation, the credit union has also agreed to a commitment to help maintain the park at the corner of West Broadway and Perry Street where the schoolhouse sits.

The Little Red Schoolhouse, as it’s known locally, was actually at one time a real one-room schoolhouse, and is owned and maintained by the Lincoln Historical Society. The Webber’s Mill School (its correct name) was built in 1890 on the Sweet Road. It was moved to the corner of Frost and Lee Streets in 1919, and the school was sold in 1925 after a new school was opened in Lincoln Center. The school was then moved to Lee Street, where it served as a grocery store for the area for over 20 years. In 1946, it was moved to Mechanic St., where for awhile it served (among other things) as the location for the Lincoln credit union. It was moved to Mattanawcook Academy in 1976, and in 1997 to its present and final location in the park on the corner of Perry Street and West Broadway.

Top photo, left to right: LMFCU President David Brillant, Bing Sturgeon and Jeannette King of the Lincoln Historical Society, and LMFCU Vice President Cris Kinney.

Middle photo: The inside of the Webber's Mill Schoolhouse.

Bottom photo: The check for $4,000 is presented in front of the schoolhouse.

"We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free." ---Ronald Reagan, 6 June
1984, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
Celebration for former president's birthday held at Gillmor's Restaurant
February 6 - Lincoln. About a dozen Lincoln area residents met this afternoon for the 5th year in a row to remember former President Ronald Reagan on what would have been his 95th birthday. Not a political gathering, this was a time to reflect on the man and his legacy. Chocolate cake with red, white & blue frosting was served. Held at Gillmor's Family Restaurant on West Broadway, the party's atmosphere was enhanced by lighting from the lit fireplace, and as the cake was being cut, the sun unexpectedly broke through the clouds. What that meant we're not sure, but a pleasant time was had by all.
Happy Birthday, Ellery!
LINCOLN - January 23 - Ellery Dow braved the snow and slippery road conditions to celebrate his 89th birthday with several friends at a local restaurant this afternoon. Coffee, soda, and a "cake" were served as Ellery made light of the day with his usual humor and good-natured conversation. Best wishes, and many more Ellery!!

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Local photographer donates work to Lincoln Historical Society
Lincoln photographer Lee Rand spent much of the holiday season taking pictures around Lincoln of the sights and scenes of the season. These have been  edited down to over 130 photographs and made into a slide show, on DVD, that is now available to the public on his Web site promoting the Lincoln area, 

Only 500 copies have been produced and numbered. The first copy, number 1, was presented to the Lincoln Historical Society on January 7. Accepting the DVD on behalf of the LHS was Karla Rutherford, shown here with Lee Rand. 

Generations to come will be able to view a Christmas season in Lincoln during a year in the first part of the 21st century! There are no plans for another Christmas DVD next year, but "we'll do another one in two or three years. In the meantime, we'll have a DVD slide show of our 'Photos of The Day' available by September as well as one of the fall foliage from around the Lincoln area. That one's gonna be beautiful!" Lee promised.

We would like to welcome Northern Pines Care Estates, our sponsor for this page! Their residential care facilities are Lakeview Terrace in Lincoln and Care Ridge Estates in Lee.