MEDWAY, Maine — The Millinocket paper mill has been shuttered since September 2008, and though its sister mill in East Millinocket is running, many Katahdin region mill workers remain unemployed, Kevin Gregory says.
A member of the Katahdin Transition Team formed in 2008 to help those workers, Gregory is among several Katahdin region residents who will hold an auction and spaghetti dinner at Medway Middle School on Thursday, March 14 to raise money for the Katahdin Kupboard Food Pantry, he said.
The displaced mill workers and other unemployed folks will be helped greatly by those who support the auction, which will run from 4 to 7 p.m., Gregory said.
“There is not a lot of work around here right now,” said Gregory, who is also chairman of the Millinocket School Committee. “People are struggling. It helps people put food on their tables for their families. Because of [the auction], they can focus on paying a different bill this month.”
With offices at the former Opal Myrick School in East Millinocket, the pantry has served 375 families, or 1,150 people, from 27 communities during the past year, Gregory said. About 50 people get served weekly.
The public is invited to the dinner. Donations will be welcomed at the door and takeout is availible. The auction will feature more than 100 items donated by residents and local businesses, Gregory said.
“I would be tickled if we made $5,000 between the auction and supper. We already have $900 in donations of cash,” Gregory said. “People have been very generous.”
Anyone willing to make donations to the pantry can mail check or money order to “Katahdin Kupboard,” c/o 1 Dirigo Drive, Suite 1, East Millinocket, 04430. All contributions are tax deductible.