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Jeff Gifford to run again

September 15 - We ran into Town Councilor and former State Representative Jeff Gifford this morning. He told us he is running for re-election in the upcoming local election on November 7.Two seats are open for the Lincoln Town Council and four for the RSU #67 School Board. Candidates have until September 25th to turn in their nomination papers, which are available at the Lincoln Town Office.
Let us know when you turn them in, and GOOD LUCK!

Local radio personality back on the air!

Lee Rand is now broadcasting world-wide on America's premiere "Oldies" Internet station, BullsEye Radio based in St. Angelos, Texas (soon to relocate to the Tampa, Florida area).
Over the years the name Lee Rand has become synonymous with Lincoln, Maine, radio and broadcasting. In the early and mid-1980s, Lee Rand was general manager of radio station WLKN AM/FM in Lincoln. During this time, he hosted his own radio show, "Solid Gold", featuring music of the 1950s and 60s. Solid Gold was the #1 rated weekend radio show in northern Maine during that time period, and the station showed up for the first time ever in the Bangor (ME) Spring Arbitron ratings in 1982. Lee was the subject of three major articles in the Bangor Daily News during his radio career. He also produced radio shows for MPBN featuring recording artists from the State of Maine. His in-depth, detailed six-hour "Dick Curless Story" set a new high for Maine broadcast standards. Lee surpassed that with another six-hour radio show, featuring Maine rock and roll bands from the 1960s highlighted by the original music and interviews with band members from such groups as the Mainiacs, Jester Holiday, Barracudas, Triumphs and others. Lee made radio fun to listen to back then. He was a popular MC at the Bangor (ME) State fair working with Brenda Lee, Johnny Rivers & Freddy Fender to name a few. During his radio career he worked for several radio stations including WMEB, WKIT & WLKN. His “sock hops” were sell outs and he entertained with long-term shows at such local venues as The Chalet, The Heritage (Millinocket), The Anchorage (Old Town) and others through out Northern Maine in the 1970’s and 80’s. Lee lives in Lincoln, Maine, with his wife Connie and 3 cats, Marley, Scrooge & Tiny Tim.
Lee's "Solid Gold Show" is now broadcast Thursday nights, 5pm-9pm ET. More days and times are upcoming. Lee's show will feature music from the 1950's, 60's and 70's. The BullsEye Radio network broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with music from the 1940's through the 90's.
Lee can be followed on his Facebook page, Lee's Solid Gold Show, and you can access his show via www.BullsEyeRadio.com or thru https://live365.com/station/a99244 You can contact “Mr.Lee” at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Springfield Fair underway

September 2 - The 2017 Springfield Fair opened on Friday, and continues through Monday, Labor Day. Although the carnival rides didn't show up this year, all the other fair attractions are still there! The exhibits under the grandstand, the farm animals, horse pulling, demolition derby, fair goodies and all the other reasons you love the fair are at the fairgrounds in Springfield. We were there today, and enjoyed some Krapf's pizza. For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE, and for the complete fair schedule, visit their website at www.thespringfieldfair.com.

 

Springfield Fair Update

By Kirk Ritchie

Well, here we are. Ready for the 2017 Springfield Fair. No, we were unable to get a replacement midway. But, we do have some ride attractions. Moose Maine-iah will be providing monster truck rides, we have pony rides, horse and wagon rides with John and Linda Boyce and we do have a mechanical bull, bungee and 3-4 other large, commercial sized bounces for the younger crowd. (They will be set up by 11:00 am on Saturday.) And rumor has it that Bruce Thornton may be giving piggy back rides.

Although we are all disappointed with the decision of Cushing Amusements to pull out of our agreement, we do have one heck of a fair on tap. We anticipate having more animal displays and competitions than ever before. We also have the pavilion absolutely packed with cool and new displays, including: antique snowmobiles, baking contests (every day), spinning, wood carving and wood turning, quilting, crocheting and the Town of Springfield’s antique, horse drawn hearse. Please, make it a point to visit the pavilion.

If you get fired up about motors, this year’s fair will get you revved up. Friday night has the Pine Tree Mini Tractor pulls. Saturday has our traditional truck pulls. Sunday has the antique tractor pulls and classic and antique car show and Monday will feature two demolition derbies. The first is the kids power wheel derby for the little ones and at 3:00 our very own Demolition Derby. Many of you know that Bill Soucie recently passed. He has always been a big supporter of the fair and especially the derby. He ran it for us for years. Wesley won it a couple of times. In addition to his help with the derby, Bill has supplied us with junk cars for monster truck shows, derbies and also nice, used cars for our Prize Giveaway. This year’s giveaway car was hand-picked by Bill only two months ago and promises to be a dandy. The Giant Prize Giveaway will wrap up the 2017 Springfield Fair on Monday immediately following the derby.

By now most of you know that this may be the last year for a fully traditional Springfield Fair. We will not know for certain until February of 2018. If we can contract with a reputable carnival we will continue on as usual. But, if we are unable to provide a true midway, we will need to make some changes. The fair will not end. We will need to reduce the number of shows and attractions and, at this point, we are estimating that we may need to move to a 2 day (Saturday and Sunday) format. We would keep the more popular events and have a solid two day event. We will let everyone know our plans early in 2018. This is not something that we take lightly. For 27 years we have had hundreds of people and businesses help us to completely rebuild the fair and fairgrounds. We want the history to continue. And folks, if there is a person or group who has the resources, time and love for the region, we are willing to let the fair “turn over a new leaf” and move to a new owner & management company. This has been a true labor of love for me, a community service to our area full of wonderful, hardworking people – all of whom live here because it is home. We’re not getting rich but we are where we can be at peace and offer a safe and good lifestyle for our kids. When I talk to people from outside while trying to describe our fair and this part of Maine, I tell ‘em the area is full of hard working, fun loving rednecks and there’s no better place to live. I mean that as only the strongest compliment. I am proud of being a bit of a “hick” from God’s country. As David Allan Coe sang on the Moores Family Stage at the Springfield Fairgounds, on July 15th, “My long hair can’t cover up my redneck.”

And remember – we have an absolute ass kickin’ concert on Sunday September 3rd. Adam Wakefield has a voice that will blow your mind!! If you have not heard him sing – google “Adam Wakefield/The Voice.” He is unbelievable – come see him – it’s only $15 for 16 and older and $5 for kids 3-15. And ladies, I’ve been told that he looks better in tight jeans than Bruce Thornton, me or Harry Worster ….. Just sayin’….

(Oh yeah – we’re workin’ on another big show for July 2018 – keep track of us at www.thespringfieldfair.com)

Thank You – you make our fair possible, safe and fun!

Summer kitchen at Corro house dedicated to George and Jeanette King

August 26 - George and Jeanette King of Lincoln joined the Lincoln Historical Society in 1992. Since then, they have both worked hard to preserve memories of the Lincoln area. Jeanette served as the society’s president for 16 years. During those years, the Clay house next to the Lincoln News was purchased and used as a museum, and the Little Red Schoolhouse was moved from Mattanawcook Academy to Schoolhouse Park on West Broadway.

Jeanette was also instrumental in saving the Corro house next to the Lincoln Memorial Library from the wrecking crew. The Corro house presently houses the Lincoln Historical Society’s museum, and has undergone many renovations. George has kept busy building, moving and restoring things. He watches over the Corro and Clay houses to make sure everything is working properly. George also has a wealth of knowledge about the history of the pulp and paper industry in Lincoln.

A summer kitchen has been set up at the museum, and today the room was dedicated to George and Jeanette to honor their contributions to the society. The Strumdingers provided musical entertainment, and a ribbon was cut by Jeanette to officially open the summer kitchen. The event was well-attended on this beautiful summer day. We encourage you to stop by the museum soon to take a look at all the displays! 

Town manager survives effort to fire him

Lincoln Town Manager John Sutherland survived a motion to fire him, 4-3 at this week's Town Council meeting. He was recently cleared of all criminal charges against him by Aroostook Coubty. District Attorney Carry Linthicum. Town Councilors Clay, Ireland and Trask voted to fire Sutherland. Sutherland has maintained his innocence since the beginning.

Boy Scout news

Members of Boy Scout Troop 50 have had a very active summer so far. A group of 6 boys and 5 adults took a week long trip on the Allagash starting on June 24th, 16 boys and 3 adults left for Camp Roosevelt on July 2nd for a week and on July 18th, Four of our Scouts left for National Jamboree in West Virginia with a stop at Hershey Park on the way home.
Photos by: Brynn Cote and Dan Aldrich. 

 

CHANGES AT PENOBSCOT VALLEY HOSPITAL: We just received the following MEDIA RELEASE from PVH

June 30 - The year 2017 has brought much change and insecurity to healthcare, both nationally and statewide. The future is certainly uncertain and even though the legislature has postponed a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, hospitals anticipate additional cuts to reimbursements either way. Additionally, the proposed state budget could lead to other cuts to reimbursement having a negative effect on Penobscot Valley Hospital’s already shrinking revenues. All of these detrimental changes have led to the decision to decrease the workforce at PVH as of July 1.

“We continue to see declining revenues across most service lines, attributable to a declining population, fewer people with commercial insurance, non-expansion of Medicaid, and more people utilizing high-deductible health plans with an inability to afford care,” states PVH Chief Executive Officer Gary Poquette, FACHE. “With these continuous declines, PVH has insufficient revenue to sustain its current cost structure.”

Over the last 12 months, PVH has sustained negative impact to the hospital’s bottom line, including:
· 26% decrease in inpatient revenues,
· 2% decrease in outpatient revenues, and
· 2% increase in deductions from revenue which rose from 37.22% to 39.27%.
PVH is not alone in its financial struggles. The Maine Hospital Association reports that in 2015, nearly half of all Maine hospitals lost money. There have been numerous reports in the media this summer of hospitals in Maine needing to make hard budgetary decisions in order to keep their doors open and continue to provide local care for their communities. These decisions have included reducing hours of service in some departments, and decreasing or eliminating some services altogether to shrink expenses immediately.

These survival tactics are not just confined to Maine. Hospitals and healthcare organizations nationwide are feeling the financial pressures. In the month of May alone, 13 healthcare organizations across the country -- some very large, well-known organizations like Blue Cross and Blue Shield -- laid off over 400 employees.

On Friday, June 30, PVH regrettably reduced its workforce by 5.

“We continue to make tough decisions in order to maintain quality healthcare services for the Lincoln Lakes Region,” adds Poquette. “Our Board and Administration understand that job cuts are very difficult not only for our staff and their families who are affected but to our community as a whole. We must do all that we can at PVH to ensure local healthcare options are available.”

The staffing changes do not include any direct patient care staff members.

Other changes at PVH have included positive news with the addition of gynecology, pediatric dentistry, and orthopedic services which are expected to see continued growth to enhance revenues. PVH has recently signed up with the Veteran’s Affairs as a participant in the Veteran’s Choice Program, allowing more services to be accessed locally by our respected Veterans. PVH has also recommitted to an enhanced culture of Service Excellence and is working to advance communications between departments and with patients.

The two Boards and Leadership Teams of PVH and Health Access Network, our local federally qualified health center, are assessing areas of collaboration to improve coordination of care and delivery for our region. Together we have hosted a legislative forum and visited Maine DHHS to gain legislative support for our region.

In addition to a reduction in force, PVH is taking strategic steps to ensure the continued viability of the hospital. This includes aligning with a strong health system that will help ensure retention of quality health services in this region. PVH recently completed an Opportunity Assessment with Eastern Maine Health Systems and expect to learn the findings of that assessment in early July.

“While it is very difficult to see staff members go, I speak on behalf of the Board in letting the community know we are actively engaged in doing all we can to sustain quality healthcare services for our region,” states Board Chair Phillip Dawson, Jr. “We thank the staff, providers, and leadership for all that you do and for the quality healthcare that you continue to provide for our patients.” 

 

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