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Truck driving champions announced

Ron Round, Publicity Officer for the Maine Professional Drivers Association, has announced the winners of the recently held Maine Professional Truck Driving Championships are as follows:

Step Van 1) Scott Wickstrom Fed Ex Express
2) Robert Cochran Fed Ex Express
3) Jeff Thoms Fed Ex Ground
Straight Truck 1) Butch Buzzell Walmart Transportation
2) David Gerding Irving Oil Terminals
3) James Hannigan Pottle's Transportation
3 Axle Van 1) Richard Roghelia Fed Ex Freight
2) Kevin Duran Sr. Hannaford/Delhaize America
3) Tony Saucier Walmart Transportation
4 Axle Van 1) Tony Archambault Walmart Transportation
2) Rick Magnuson Hannaford/ Delhaize America
3) Jesse Moore Old Dominion
5 Axle Van 1) Jack Roussell PAF Transportation
2) James Vatter A. Duie Pyle Inc.
3) Josh White Central Maine Transport
Flatbed 1) Daniel Bell Chapman Trucking
2) Scott Phillips WT Rand Transport LLC
3) Cory York WT Rand Transport LLC
Tanker 1) Ronald Round Pottle's Transportation
2) Alan Grindle Irving Oil Terminals
3) Dave Gagne Walmart Transportation
Sleeper 1) Steven Raymond RF Chamberland Inc.
2) Gregg Wickett Hartt Transportation
3) Bryan Young Walmart Transportation
Twin Trailers 1) Robert Pederson Fed Ex Freight
2) Dave Roberts Walmart Transportation
3) Donald Fortin Sr. Hannaford/ Delhaize America
Special Awards
Grand Champion Jack Roussell PAF Transportation
Rookie of the Year Matthew Conklin J&S Oil
Pre-Trip Inspection Butch Buzzell Walmart Transportation
Written Test Rick Magnuson Hannaford/ Delhaize America
Team Award WT Rand Transport LLC
Winners will represent the state of Maine at the National Truck Driving Championships which will be held
August 9-12 in Orlando, Florida.
P.O. Box 5672 Augusta, Maine 04332-5672 *
Maine Professional Drivers Association
“Committed to Safety, Courtesy, and Professionalism”
Winners of the Future Truckers Competition are as follows:
Straight Truck 1) Eliot Butts Westbrook Regional Vocational School
2) Reggie Johnston Tri-County Technical Center
3) Joshua Perry Tri-County Technical Center
5 Axle Van 1) Chandler Perkins Tri-County Technical Center
2) Joe Austin Northen Penobscot Region 3
3) Matt Bragdon Region 9 School of Applied Technology
Team Award Tri-County Technical Center

Bike rodeo a big success

May 20 - This year's bike rodeo in Veterans Memorial Square in downtown Lincoln was very well attended. The Lincoln police department held the free Bike Safety Rodeo, designed to encourage kids from age 4-10 to ride bikes safely. The rodeo included a helmet check, a bike mechanical check, and the chance to ride in a closed traffic skills course that teaches the rules of the road. Raffles were held for prizes, including bikes for a boy and girl. Students from Mattanawcook Academy were on hand to help the kids. 

For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE. We also streamed part of the bike rodeo live on Facebook. You can see the video HERE.

Council News

The Lincoln Town Council, on Monday, agreed to spend another $32,960 with an out of town company to promote Lincoln as a tourist destination. Hannington, Trask and Gifford voted no. The vote was 4-3. Rand Advertising LLC, a local company, has been producing videos and other Lincoln area promotional items at NO cost to the taxpayers of Lincoln for years. A representative of Rand Advertising declined comment.

Emergency preparedness drill in Lincoln on May 20

Penobscot Valley Hospital and Millinocket Regional Hospital are participating in a large scale emergency preparedness drill with other public safety responders on the morning of Saturday, May 20.

This unique training event involves Penobscot Valley Hospital, Millinocket Regional Hospital, Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency, Lincoln Public Safety, Orono Hazmat Unit, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Northeastern Maine Regional Resource Center, and fire and ambulance crews from surrounding towns.

The mock accident will be set up near Woodville, exactly at the halfway point between Penobscot Valley Hospital and Millinocket Regional Hospital. The scene will be set up with multiple vehicles, bicyclists and a tanker simulating a collision and hazardous materials spilling from the tanker. Over ten victims will be played by Emergency Medical Services students who will be acting out roles with particular injuries or casualties. Fire crews will work to extricate victims from the wreckage while simultaneously determining the type of hazardous material involved and any safety precautions required.

Surrounding towns will respond to assist on scene and the Orono Hazmat team will be called in to provide decontamination for the victims and containment of the spill from the tanker. Victims will be transported to Penobscot Valley Hospital and Millinocket Regional Hospital for care.

Penobscot Valley Hospital and Millinocket Regional Hospital will be testing our skills in lockdown procedures, decontamination set up and processing, patient triage, coordination of patient care through the healthcare system, communications, resource management, and many other emergency procedures. This drill is one of the largest ever performed in our area and will enhance many skills of our emergency responders and healthcare personnel as we collaborate regionally to provide treatment to the mock victims.

While the public may want to watch the action, we would like to remind you to please remain a safe distance from the scene to allow personnel and equipment plenty of space to perform rescue, decontamination, triage and transportation for care to the hospitals. Media crews are reminded that Penobscot Valley Hospital and Millinocket Regional Hospital are still open for business as usual during this drill and real-world patient care and privacy is of utmost importance. Because of that, we ask that no photographs or video be taken on the premises at Penobscot Valley Hospital or Millinocket Regional Hospital unless you are accompanied by the Public Information Officer. Media: please ask for the Public Information Officer to assist you when you arrive at the hospital.

The public may experience road closures or traffic delays on Route 116 in Woodville during the morning and early afternoon on Saturday, May 20. PVH and MRH will remain open to provide treatment for any people seeking healthcare during this time and will place highest priority on your needs to provide you with the high-quality care you have come to expect and deserve.

The Lincoln region last participated in a mass casualty drill involving a hazardous material spill on Depot Street in May 2014. 

Local businessman Dan Whitney passes away

May 6 - It is with great sadness that we announce that our friend, classmate and long-time customer of Rand Advertising, Daniel Whitney, passed away this morning at a Boston hospital following heart surgery.
The surgery did take place and even though the doctor said it was successful, there was fluid on his lungs that concerned him. His condition didn't improve and his kidneys began to fail.

Lee's business relationship with Danny goes back to the 1970's and the days at WLKN and continued to this day. Connie went to school with Danny.

"I always enjoyed seeing him on my rounds. This is a stunning shock, and I will not soon forget him. He was a great help to me when I first started selling ads in Lincoln way back then. I don't know anyone who had a bad thing to say about Danny. He certainly will be missed.", said Lee.

Please be thinking of your memories of him, and if you want to send a card to Diane, Donna and Darren the address is 211 Crane Pond Drive in Lincoln, 04457.

PHOTO: Dan and his wife Diane in Burlington on July 4, 2011. 

Scholarship Applications Due May 30

The Penobscot Valley Hospital Auxiliary will be awarding a scholarship to a non-traditional student pursuing a healthcare-related degree. Any student who has been out of high school for more than one year and is returning to pursue a degree is considered a non-traditional student. The PVH Auxiliary Scholarship provides college tuition assistance for adults who may not have access to other scholarships. Applications may be found at the PVH website,, then click on the scholarship article under the “What’s New” section. You may also pick up an application at the PVH Patient Registration desk in Lincoln. Hurry, the deadline to apply is May 30, 2017.

A new moose in town!

April 24 - A new sculpture has arrived in Lincoln! This bronze moose has been installed at Briarwood Motor Inn on West Broadway. We're told that there will be more work done around the sculpture, including some shrubbery. We'll bring you another photo when the landscaping is finished. At some point, the moose might be joined by a black bear.

The ice is out!

April 23, 2017 - The calendar said spring arrived some time ago, but the real sign of spring around here is when the ice goes out. Late tonight, Mattanawcook Pond was officially ice-free. Get out there and enjoy some quality time on the water! Is your boat, canoe or kayak ready to go? How about your fishing gear? Swimming may have to wait awhile . . .

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