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Local News Summary - August 16, 2017 Edition

72nd V-J Day celebration held in Hillman
Hillman celebrated V-J Day for the 72nd year. The three-day event featured food, a grand parade, a Quilts of Valor presentation, a rubber duck race, games for kids, music, military displays, a corn hole tournament, fireworks, a golf scramble and a car show.

Although all but one U.S. state has abandoned recognition of the victory over Japan in an effort to smooth relations with Japan, Hillman as well as Moosup, Connecticut, still observe the holiday as does the entire state of Rhode Island, where state and municipal offices shut down in honor of V-J Day.

The Rhode Island Japan Society once hired lawyers in a push to have the holiday name changed, resulting in the 1990 adoption by lawmakers of a resolution that says, “Victory Day is not a day to express satisfaction in the destruction and death caused by nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

Those who defend the holiday point out Japan attacked first and maintain the Japanese people have no right to complain about the holiday. More than 100,000 residents of Rhode Island served in the war, and 10,000 of them were killed, injured or lost.

Electric vehicle charging station coming to downtown Lewiston
Wesley Repke, system engineer for Presque Isle Electric & Gas, attended the Aug. 7 Albert Township regular board meeting to explain the new electric vehicle charging stations being installed throughout the area. The township board voted in favor of allowing one near the downtown park in Lewiston. PIE & G is installing six stations throughout the cooperative’s coverage area with one authorized for Atlanta as well as Lewiston. The venture has been deemed a pilot project which will provide charging of vehicles at no cost for three years, but Repke said there are no intentions to charge for using the stations even after the initial three years.

“At this time, there is no plan to make them pay-to-charge stations. These stations are not even equipped with the technology to make it possible,” Repke explained.

Several electric vehicle models will soon be on the market, he said, and PIE & G plans to capitalize on the fact most charging takes place at home.

“It should not be a far-fetched idea for us to, basically, regain or investment in this down the road,” Repke told those attending the meeting.

Each station can charge two vehicles at a time. It takes about four hours to completely charge a vehicle, but Repke said the intent is to allow people to charge for a limit of two hours, enough to get them to their next destination.

New veterans’ service officer for Montmorency County
Ricky Vinton is the new veterans’ service officer for Montmorency County. County commissioners voted him in at the Aug. 9 regular county board meeting.

Vinton served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and worked at a veterans’ hospital in Battle Creek for 21 years. Since retiring and moving to the area, he has been helping raise funds for veteran organizations, including the Patriot Place in Gaylord.

He has previously served as commander of American Legion Post 198 in Lewiston, and is the Toys for Tots coordinator. Vinton was hired for the office left vacant when Larry Pascador resigned. Vinton stepped up to keep the office occupied while the county board was seeking a new service officer, and Commissioner Stacy Carroll thanked him for doing so.

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