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SAD 70 denies grievance | Print |
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:31

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
    HODGDON — An employee grievance between SAD 70 and one of its school bus drivers was denied by the school board Monday evening following a lengthy executive session.
    The school board voted 8-2, with one abstention to uphold the denial of grievance, based on discretion given to the superintendent to alter bus routes found in Article 4, Section 2 of the Teamsters’ contract. Board members Maureen Friel, Jared Carter, Mark Ganzel, Tom Horton, Angela Howland, Estela Lane, Tracy Rockwell and Darlene Theriault voted in favor of the measure, while board members Gordon Ledger and Joel Oliver opposed. Board member Lisa Dangerfield abstained.

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Council OKs TV contract changes | Print |
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:27

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    HOULTON — Monday night, the Houlton Town Council approved, 4-1, to replace the existing franchise contract (55 pages) with Polaris Cable to a standard agreement (16 pages) that will enable Polaris to sell its assets.
    On May 30, Polaris Cable was approached by a top-five cable company for purchase of its business. Through negotiations, the existing franchise with the town of Houlton did not work in the parameters of the prospective buyer.

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RSU 50 budget back to drawing board | Print |
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:27

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer
    It is back to the drawing board for the RSU 50 school board.
    On June 17, the RSU 50 school budget was presented to southern Aroostook voters through a local referendum. The budget failed, 128-533.

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Wetzel takes helm of Salvation Army | Print |
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:24

Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-Salvation Army-dc-pt-29NEW LEADER — Major David Wetzel has taken over as the local leader of the Salvation Army Headquarters in Houlton. He replaces Damon and Phyllis Hayward. A native of Pennsylvania, Wetzel said he was excited for the new challenge and was looking forward to meeting people in the community.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    HOULTON — For the second time in less than a year, the Houlton branch of the Salvation Army has a new leader at the helm of the spiritual and charitable organization.
    Major David Wetzel was appointed to lead the Houlton Salvation Army, replacing Damon and Phyllis Hayward who served in that role for 10 months. Prior to the Haywards, Steven and Irma Pearl were in charge of the group for a seven-year period.

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Ludlow voters OK decreased budget | Print |
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:21

Pioneer Times Photo/Joseph Cyr
NE-CLR-Ludlow-dc1-pt-29LUDLOW BIRTHDAY — The town of Ludlow is celebrating 150 years in 2014. A cake was enjoyed at the July 9 town meeting and additional plans are in the works for other events. Posing by the cake are Dave Stevens, board chairman; Virginia McCain, outgoing selectman; and Diane Hines, town manager.

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer
    LUDLOW — A small group of about 30 Ludlow residents approved a municipal budget of $232,734 July 9 at the town’s annual meeting.
    The 2014-15 municipal budget is a decrease of $20,360 (8 percent) from last year. According to Dave Stevens, chairman of the board of selectmen, $5,000 of that reduction was achieved by savings in the summer roads account due to a new, three-year contract for services. The town previously awarded one-year contracts for summer roads maintenance.

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