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Howland town manager leaving
May 2 - Former Lincoln Town Manager Bill Lawrence is leaving Howland in June for a job in Warren, Maine.
Wildfire danger! Please be careful
Local restaurant to close
April 23 - A popular Lincoln Chinese restaurant, China Light on West Broadway, will be closing at the end of this month. April 30 will be its last day, the manager told us this morning. Two other Chinese restaurants also serve the Lincoln area.
PVH third quarter honor roll
Penobscot Valley High School, Howland
Third quarter honor roll
Grade 12, high honors: Dakota Batchelder, Mikayla Roy, Eryn Tuulima and Malloree Workman; honors: Sophia Carson, Abby Davis, Lily Hall, Amy Hallett, Samantha Ireland, Nicole Jacobs, Madison Jenkins, Bradley Little, Haylee Littlefield, Tanner Mason, Ashley McKenzie, Arianna McKinnon, Thomas Searles, Zachary Sides, Thomas Spencer, Haley Tardif and Jacob Whitten.
Grade 11, high honors: Carlo Lombardo and Aaron Thibodeau; honors: Jacob Bouchard, Miranda Brown, Wyatt Carr, Alyssa Drost, Jaeden Folster, Josephine Harper, Domonique McMullin, Ethan Neal, Levi Palumbo, Beverly Simpson, Brookelyn Theriault, Matthew Thibeault and Tori Watts.
Grade 10, high honors: Ryley Buck, Abigail Carson, Kortney McKechnie, Melissa Richard and Paige Thibodeau; honors: Christine Brown, Mackenzie Chaisson, Chantelle Harmon, Jonathan Littlefield and Karagan McGlauflin.
Grade nine, high honors: Kirstin Jipson and Brianna Moon; honors: Michaela Banks, Judith King, Tyler Raymond and Lauren Reed.
Library celebrates 91 years
April 11 - Today the Lincoln Memorial Library celebrated its 91st anniversary serving the Town of Lincoln at their West Broadway building. Refreshments were served, and the work of local artists was on display. Photos by Zachary Kenniston and paintings by Jerry Butterfield and Blaine Gordon added a touch of color to the festivities. Their work will remain on display at the library, so if you weren't able to attend today's celebration, drop by during regular library hours and spend a little time looking at these beautiful pieces of art!
Region III presents awards at banquet
Northern Penobscot Tech Region III in Lincoln held its annual Cooperative Board Banquet tonight at the school.
Student of the Year is: Nikkol Mulligan, she is a senior at Lee Academy, a member of the Pro Start team, a 2 time gold medal winner in Restaurant Service and a Silver Medalist in Restaurant service at the National Skills competition in Kentucky,
The Pro Start Team was presented by Chef Ammerman. The team is comprised of: Shelby Powers of Schenck, Sarah Greaton, Nikkol Mulligan and Alexandria Clark
Of Lee Academy and Kiara Michaud of Mattanawcook Academy.
Chef Ammerman was named Chef Educator of the Year by the Maine Restaurant Association. He was presented this award by Mike Carney.
Betty Vose and David Shedd were both honored for their years of service to Region III. They were presented by Mary Hawkes, Director.
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2016 SkillsUSA Medal Winners
Phillip Dow Carpentry Home-School
Dylan Clement Welding Penobscot Valley High School
Kaylee Mason Medical Terminology Penobscot Valley High School
Emily Goodwin Medical Terminology Post-Graduate
Nikkol Mulligan Restaurant Service Lee Academy
Creston Shoaf-Smith Carpentry Knowledge Test Home-School
Alexandria Clark Wedding Cake Design Lee Academy
Kiara Michaud Wedding Cake Design Mattanawcook Academy
Ryan Drinkwater Nurse Assisting Mattanawcook Academy
Leela Stockley Extemporaneous Speech Home School
Elizabeth McKinnon Prepared Speech Penobscot Valley High School
Albert Schultz Cabinet Making Mattanawcook Academy
Sahara Javner Health Occupations Prof. Portfolio Home School
Justin Gray Information Technology Mattanawcook Academy
Aaron Rideout Law Enforcement Mattanawcook Academy
Anna Sewall Carpentry Knowledge Test Schenck High School
Courtney Lujan Job Skills Mattanawcook Academy
Bonnie Kafka Health Knowledge Bowl Mattanawcook Academy
The following people were named to the school's Wall of Fame:
Ann M. Sutherland
Special Education / Speech Teacher
Region III Program: C N A – Class of 1987
Wall of Fame Inductee: 2016
Sending School: Schenck H.S. - Class of 1987
Since 2004 Ann has been employed as a Special Education/Speech teacher with the Millinocket School Department. Ann manages a life skills program, develops and implements an individualized education program for special education students, identifies and implements goals tailored to the student’s individual needs and abilities, and performs special education/speech testing for the school district. Ann attended Region III’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course during her Senior year, with Thora House as her instructor. In addition to earning her CAN license, Ann participated in Health Occupations Students of America and earned a third place in bed making which allowed her to compete nationally at the National HOSA conference in Dallas, Texas in June, 1987. From 1990 to 1997, Ann worked as a CNA at both Colonial Health Care and Community Health and Counseling. She worked for RSU#67 in Lincoln as an Education Technician II. Ann was determined to pursue a career. In 2001, she earned an associate degree in Applied Science in Education from Kennebec Valley Community College. In 2004, she attained a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. Since then Ann has earned a Masters in Speech Therapy and attained her Maine teaching certification in Speech and Special Education, CRC approval C.H.R.C. Region III has influenced Ann’s career by introducing her to the healthcare field. She gained exposure to different job opportunities through her clinical experience and working side by side with community members. She gives much credit to her former Region III instructor, Thora House, for always pushing her to be better and to never give up on her dreams. “She was not only my instructor but I thought of her as a friend. And I truly believe that this is why I am where I am today. “I never gave up.”
Entrepreneur/Owner of a Family-Run Business
Region III Program Automotive Technology– Class of 2000
Commercial Driving – Class of 2001
Wall of Fame Inductee: 2016
Sending School: Lee Academy - Class of 2001
John owns SHOem Roadway Services in Berwick, Maine, a full service company that he started up in 2004. This business specializes in: Seal Coating, Hot Crack Filling, Pavement Joint Adhesive, Line Striping, Asphalt Repairs, Driveway Resurfacing, Catch Basin Cleaning/Vactor 2110, High Pressure Jet Rodding, Sewer and Culvert Cleaning, Parking Lot and Municipal Street Sweeping, Property Maintenance, Plowing/Snow Removal, Heavy Tri Axle Dump Trucking, Road Reconstruction Clean-up and Pavement Grinding. He proudly proclaims that all customers receive free consultations, satisfaction guarantee and exceptional customer service. John attended Region III’s Automotive Technology program during his junior year and earned his Commercial Driving license during his senior year. At the young age of 15, John obtained a work permit to gain employment at Winn Welding & Supply. As a high school junior and senior, he trimmed trees for H.C. Haynes Inc. and washed and greased trucks for T. Raymond Forest Products Inc. After high school graduation, John attended Southern Maine Community College and earned an associate degree in Law Enforcement. During summer break in college, John drove truck in the Material Handling Department at Lincoln Paper and Tissue. After college graduation, John had a change of heart and switched careers. This was when he bought his first truck, and soon after, started up his business. John credits Region III for offering courses that give students a chance to earn certificates and learn skills that their high schools don’t offer. Without Region III, he wouldn’t have had the skills to jumpstart his career. He also states that his biggest source of inspiration comes from the actions of former employers…the people who were in business for themselves. He offers these words of advice to students: “It is never too early to establish good credit. Build a relationship with a bank and pay your bills on time. Be honest, be dependable, and stick to what you say.”
Kristina L. Pelletier
Region III Program: Media Productions – Class of 2009
Wall of Fame Inductee: 2016
Sending School: Mattanawcook Academy - Class of 2009
Since January of 2015, Kristina has worked as Assistant Director at WMTW News 8. Her main duties are running audio or cameras for the morning news and doing any live cut-ins or recordings necessary to produce a quality news show. During her two years at Region III, Kristina attended the Media Productions Program instructed by Leigh Thurlow. While here, she gained experience with Final Cut Pro and basic knowledge of Adobe Premiere and Photoshop. She also earned a silver medal in the Video Production competition at the Maine SkillsUSA Championships. Kristina graduated from the New England School of Communications in May of 2013,earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Video Production and minoring in Live Sound Technology. Lots of work experience has helped lead Kristina to where she is today. Kristina served as Assistant Director, Technical Director, Camera Operator and FOH Engineer for the taping of “The Nite Show with Dan Cashman” from 2010 to 2013. During those same years, she entered graphics, and served as Technical Director and Camera Operator for MPBN Basketball Tournament coverage during the 2010, 2011 and 2012 tournament seasons. Subsequently, Kristina worked as Production Assistant at WVII and WFVX from August 2011to September 2013. Kristina was a Video Broadcast Technician for Blue Man Group and Legends in Concert at Norwegian Cruise Line from October 2013 to November 2014.All of this technical workforce experience led Kristina to where she is today as Assistant Director for WMTW News 8. Kristina’s skills include experience with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, Allen & Heath ML3000, Yamaha LS9, and a certified user for Pro Tools 10. In addition, she has knowledge of Sony NX5u, has trained on Grass Valley Kayak switcher and Chyron Lyric Pro 7, and gained experience with soldering and making cables such as XLR, Power, Network, and BNC. Before attending Region III, Kristina had no plans of going to college. Once she joined the media productions program, she was inspired to change her plans and attend the New England School of Communications. Kristina’s advice for students is: “Don’t be afraid to try new things. Take advantage of all the learning opportunities you can. You never know how it will help you in the future.”
Laycee L. Duhaime
Family Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C
Region III Program: Health Science Careers – Class of 2006
Wall of Fame Inductee: 2016
Sending School: Mattanawcook Academy - Class of 2006
Since September of 2015, Laycee has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Health Access Network, where she provides family medical services at a non-profit community health center, incorporated in 2002. During her senior year in high school, Laycee earned her CNA license after enrolling in Region III’s Health Science Careers program, instructed by Kelly Bowker. In addition, she earned a silver medal in the Nursing Assistant competition at the Maine SkillsUSA Championships. Laycee graduated from the University of Maine in May of 2010, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She returned to the University in September of 2012 to May 2015, attaining a Master of Science Degree in Nursing. Subsequently, she passed the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner’s (AANP) certification exam ,which allowed her to become a Board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Beginning her career as a CNA, Laycee cared for long-term care residents at Colonial Health Care from October 2006 to August 2007, and then assisted medical-surgical patients at Penobscot Valley Hospital (PVH) from August 2007 to May 2010. As she rose through the nursing ranks, Laycee continued to work at PVH after becoming an RN, from May 2010 to May 2015. Her primary duties at this time were to provide intra-partum and post-partum care of mothers and newborns and to provide care for general medical-surgical patients, adult and pediatric. Her educational goals and strong work ethic have led Laycee to where she is today, providing quality medical care as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Health Access Network. Adding to her credits, Laycee earned the title of Service Excellence Advisor from May 2011 to 2014. In addition to RN and FNP-C, Laycee holds licenses and Certificate in Advanced Life Support in Cardiac, Pediatric and Obstetrics, Neonatal Resuscitation Provider, Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring, and S.T.A.B.L.E. According to Laycee, Region III has helped her career by giving her the Opportunity to learn the basics of nursing prior to graduating high school This gave her the advantage of gaining experience within the health care field while completing nursing school. Not only did this increase her employability as a new graduate RN, it also gave her reassurance that she was in a profession she loved and enjoyed. Laycee’s advice to Region III students today is: “Use the knowledge and skills you have learned here as a stepping stone to achieve greater career goals. Do not let this be an endpoint, but a beginning to personal and professional growth.”
MJHS wrestlers take state championship
We love to report on local sports here on WelcomeToLincolnMaine.com, and it's our pleasure to feature an article written by a proud parent about the MJHS wrestling team. Congratulations Little Lynx on your state championship as a team, and your individual accomplishments as well. We wish you all success in the future!
By Sarah Sutherland
Seven years ago, my husband Josh decided he wanted to change wrestling in Lincoln. When he was in high school he always wished he had a team like Howland that would dominate and win state championships. Seven years ago he decided he would do everything in his power to make a team like that for his son to be on. Not focusing on being an individual winner, because Lincoln has had several of those, but a winning team.
It is kind of ironic that today the coach of that winning Howland team was inducted into the New England Wrestling Hall of Fame (Gerald Hutchinson - congrats to him!), the same day that Lincoln won their first ever state championship for wrestling.
So seven summers ago we had the first ever Little Lynx Wrestling Club sign up. That summer program rolled over into a winter program that continued to grow through the Rec. Eventually the club turned private for a number of reasons, and the intensity has only increased since then. All winter, every winter, we have put thousands and thousands of miles on our vehicles, logged hundreds of driving and bleachers hours (lots of white knuckle driving hours in the dead of winter), the kids have had blood sweat and tears weekend in and weekend out (and during the week at practice too). Parents and wrestlers alike have devoted themselves to this sport to make today a possibility.
We are the northernmost traveling team, adding several hours more onto each trip than our competitors. This just makes what we do even more of a commitment and makes the kids even tougher! I really can't even explain the feeling I have had all evening.
I'm proud of my son Jackson for his part in all of this. He is the first individual state champion for MJHS. He has also been a leader for so many years during the Little Lynx program. I am proud of my husband for his part in all of this. He has had a vision and has been chasing it for years. He has had practices in the living room and in the basement with any kid who wants to put a little extra time in. He has spent thousands of hours reviewing videos, brackets, and technique online. He has always put travel requirements out for the Little Lynx team with today in mind, trying to get tougher competition for the kids to make them rise up to the level of other teams in New England.
I am thankful for coach Bob and his commitment to wrestling in Lincoln. It's funny that Josh's MJHS coach is also Jackson's. Coach Bob has been there since we started the Little Lynx program and has been there every step of the way. I am glad to have Matt and all of his wrestling knowledge on board with the Lincoln program. Hopefully this success will start to trickle into the high school program soon! I am thankful for all the parents who have trusted Josh to teach their kids and whose kids are the future of wrestling in Lincoln. I am proud of all the wrestlers on the MJHS team. Without them, today wouldn't have been a success.
Seeing four Little Lynx wrestlers in the finals was the icing on the cake for the day. I am proud of Deegan, Isaac and Alex for their devotion and no quit attitude. These kids are the youngest ones on the team and are making big waves. This probably seems a little over the top for a junior high team win but I hope it is the first of many for this team. Lincoln is definitely not known for their wrestling teams, but the future is bright and we hope to change things! Proud really is an understatement.
Thanks to all those who have supported this cause over the years, all those who came out this evening to welcome these state champs back into town with their fire/police/ambulance escort, and to Bill, Elvia and Gina for making ice cream sundaes for kids when they got back to the school. They were all on cloud nine!!! What a day!