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Scouts enjoy hike

Eighteen Scouts and adults from Boy Scout Troop 50 of Lincoln took advantage of a beautiful day on Saturday to hike at Gulf Hagas.

Fun at the 2016 Springfield Fair!

September 4 - The Springfield Fair is now underway! The popular local Labor Day fair is in full swing. Check the fair's website,, for a complete schedule of events. We were there on Saturday to catch some of the excitement for you. For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE

Back to school supplies drop-off

If you'd like to donate school supplies for kids in RSU #67, you can drop them off at the LINCOLN NEWS on West Broadway here in Lincoln during business hours!

Town council nomination papers

LOCAL POLITICS: Trent Gary of Lincoln, a manager at McDonald's, has taken out nomination papers for the Lincoln Town Council.

New interim Lincoln town manager

The Lincoln Town Council voted 7-0 to hire former Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle effective Aug. 23. She'll replace Ron Weatherbee and will be paid $60 per hour to work four-day weeks at six hours per day. The Council hopes to hire a full-time Town Manager by October.

Landmark gone!

August 7 - Yesterday a violent thunderstorm rolled through the area, leaving residents and businesses without power for several hours. Along with the power outage, damage to trees by the high winds associated with the storm occurred all over town.

The skyline along West Broadway will never look the same again. A massive elm, dubbed "Elmo" by those who appreciated the tree that survived the Dutch elm disease that took most of Lincoln's ancient elms a few decades ago, was uprooted and toppled across the street. Crews worked for hours to clear the tree from the road and repair power lines. West Broadway was closed to traffic for the duration of the work.

We took a ride along West Broadway this morning and stopped to pay our respects to "Elmo" and take a few photos to commemorate its demise.According to Terri Coolong, who has been counting the tree's growth rings, Elmo was about 210 years old!

Thankfully no one was injured when the tree fell, or during the tricky cleanup of the street and restoration of power. Hats off to the crews who accomplished this tough task as quickly as they did.

Students Suture Chicken at PVH Healthcare Career Camp

Stitching chicken, injecting oranges, and tending to a hamburger wound were some of the fun activities students participated in at the first PVH Healthcare Career Summer Day Camp. In support of the hospital’s new mission to be an excellent community partner, PVH hosted the Healthcare Career Summer Day Camp for area high school students to explore healthcare careers first-hand.

On July 29, ten students spent the day at PVH visiting healthcare information technology, radiology, laboratory, operating room, emergency and emergency medical services, nursing, medical assisting and physical therapy areas. They met more than 30 PVH staff who provided an overview of their career field. The students were engaged in related activities including suturing incisions, mock emergencies and an obstacle race. Students also met members of the Auxiliary over lunch and discussed volunteer opportunities to help boost their resumes and college applications.

"What better way for students to expand their interest in a healthcare career than to spend a day learning inside a hospital,” states camp organizer and PVH senior director of quality improvement Crystal Landry, RN. “This is a great opportunity for the students in our communities to partner with PVH while they are in high school and making career path decisions. The students were very eager to learn and had a great time with the activities.”

At the end of the day, families were invited to the closing ceremony where students received awards and recapped their day with a photo presentation. Students commented in a follow-up survey about their day that: "everyone was friendly," "it was fun," and "this camp is great!"

“I have been involved in many summer camps over my career and they are always a highlight,” states PVH chief executive officer Gary Poquette. “It is a fantastic way to connect with our youth and community to build excitement for healthcare careers.”

PVH physician practice manager Amy Theriault adds, “I was fortunate to be able to enjoy the healthcare day camp experience from two different perspectives: as a parent and as a hospital leader. Both experiences were incredible! As a parent, I was so happy to hear the stories and see the smiles from my child when she was telling me about her day. As a hospital leader, it was not only a fun day with great kids, but it was time well spent.

“We, at PVH, understand that the best way to secure quality healthcare professionals for our community’s future is to grow them. The time we spend with these students, as well as the students in our job shadow and externship programs, is an investment in our youth, in our community, and in our future.”

Special thanks to all the PVH volunteers and East Millinocket EMS crews that shared their career knowledge and made the day interactive and fun for the students. Also thanks to Emera Maine for grant funding to make this event possible. Photos from the PVH Healthcare Career Summer Day Camp can be found at