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Here’s a series of pictures from some of our webcams showing the Parade this morning!

Upper Main Street Webcam

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Lower Main Street Webcam

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MILO, Maine (WABI) – Maine’s largest solar farm now lies in Milo.

It is the future of powering thousands of homes and businesses.

Senator Susan Collins and developers of the $30 million project were in attendance for a ribbon cutting Friday.

“Milo is very proud to have a role and a very large green energy project that will benefit everyone,” said Peter Hamlin, Milo Chairman of the Selectboard.

Folks backing the project say continuing to invest in renewable energy will ultimately lower electric bills for Mainers.

“And will save more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually. That is truly remarkable,” said Senator Susan Collins.

This solar farm will power more than 3,000 homes and businesses.

“We’ve also completed projects in Oxford, Fairfield, Winslow, Augusta, on Churchill Road near the Capitol. So yeah, it’s happening across Maine,” said Bob Cleaves, Co-founder of Dirigo Solar.

Harnessing solar power is still a work in progress.

Work still needs to be done at improving batteries that can store it more efficiently.

“Not only to work on improving the storage by batteries but look at whole new technologies so Maine really can lead the way in solar energy,” said Senator Collins.

MILO — Residents in the SAD 41 communities of Brownville, LaGrange and Milo will be voting on the proposed 2021-22 SAD 41 budget at the annual district budget meeting later this month, and then via referendum. The school board approved the schedule during its meeting held at the Penquis Valley School on June 1.

The annual district budget meeting starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, in the Walter “Eddie” Oakes Gymnasium, with a 5:30 p.m. information session before.

“The final step is the budget validation referendum which is in all the towns on June 24,” Superintendent Michael Wright said. On Thursday, June 24, SAD 41 voters will be asked if they approve the total budget approved nine days earlier.

“Make a point to get out and vote please,” Board Chairperson Roberta Trefts said.

In the summer of 2020, the district budget meeting was held over Zoom. At the polls in early August residents approved a $9.9 million-plus budget for the current academic year.

In other business, three appointments were made for Penquis Valley soccer head coach positions. Returning will be Jason Mills for the high school boys, Dawn McLauglin for high school girls and Erin Weston for middle school girls.

Trefts said the name for the middle school boys position will be presented for approval at the July meeting.

Penquis Valley High School Principal Michael Rollins said a traditional graduation ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, in the gym. Social distancing and mask protocols that have been in place all year will be in effect for the graduation.

Wright said he wanted to thank all SAD 41 staff for their hard work over the last year-plus. “It’s been a year like no other for all schools across the country, including in Maine and our region,” he said. “We had to deal with things we never thought we would.”

The superintendent said he believes everyone handled school in the best manner possible.

AUGUSTA — The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt lottery.

Seven Mainers were selected for the opportunity to participate in the hunt, and five alternates were selected in the event a primary hunter cannot attend. Ken Blagburn of Lake View Plantation is among the seven primary winners.

The others are John Krott, Brunswick; Berthol Daigle, Eagle Lake; John Roy, Rome; Ryan Jennings, Bowdoinham; Adrian Vielhauer, Bethel; and Richard Parent, Sommerville.

Since the program’s inception in 2010, MBVS has partnered with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and Smoldering Lake Outfitters to issue hunting permits and essential equipment to participating veterans. The hunt, which is entirely free for selected veterans, includes guiding services, essential adaptive equipment, meat processing, travel and lodging.

MBVS Director David Richmond offered the following regarding the hunt, “This program provides a wonderful opportunity for veterans to engage with the outdoors and each other. It’s not only about the moose, but about the bonds that form between the veterans in the group that unite in a common goal. Congratulations to this year’s winners, best of luck on the hunt and thank you to all of the sponsors who make the hunts possible.”

Unlike the regular IF&W moose lottery, the Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Lottery is limited to only those veterans with a disability rating of at least 50 percent.  Each hunter is required to team up with a registered Maine Guide who has specific training for the hunt, and if a veteran has ever tagged a moose through the program, that veteran is ineligible to hunt again. The selected hunters will join the folks at Smoldering Lake Outfitters in Bridgewater for a late summer hunt in Aroostook County.

For more information on the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services and the Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt, please visit https://www.maine.gov/veterans/benefits/recreational-licenses/veterans-moose-lottery.html or call 207-430-6035. Applications for the 2022 Maine Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt will be available on the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Website on March 1, 2022.

The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services was established in 1947 by the State of Maine and is part of the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management. Our mission is to help Mainers who served, and their loved ones, understand and navigate the benefits, services, and programs available to them. The Bureau does this by being a responsive, experienced, and dedicated advocate. The Bureau is headquartered at Camp Keyes and has six field service offices located throughout the state and a claims office located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Togus, Maine. The Bureau also operates the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery System which includes four veterans’ cemeteries. For more information about the Bureau or to request assistance, please visit our website at www.maine.gov/veterans.

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