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POLL QUESTION

Loved and loathed, Roxanne Quimby remains determined

Roxanne Quimby has been labeled many things in the 27 years since she built a line of beeswax beauty products, sold the business for hundreds of millions of dollars and then turned her attention to Maine’s North Woods. She has been alternately hailed as a savvy entrepreneur and pilloried as …
Roxanne Quimby presents "Economic Benefits of National Parks on Gateway Communities" on Monday in Millinocket.

Roxanne Quimby says national park would create tourism jobs

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Roxanne Quimby sees a national park as a jobs creator, not an employment killer. Speaking before more than 200 people at Stearns High School on Monday, the noted environmentalist and cofounder of the Burt’s Bees business empire presented a vision of the Katahdin region transformed by the …

Saturday/Sunday, July 30-31, 2011: Voter fraud, Roxanne Quimby and prayer

Voter fraud proof suspect In regards to Rep. Webster’s “proof” of voter fraud: I am a recent graduate of USM’s Muskie School. I received my bachelor’s in political science in my “home” state of Indiana. I paid an exorbitant amount of money to come to Maine to receive a fantastic …
Millinocket Town Councilor John Raymond (left) speaks while Councilor Michael Madore holds a map illustrating environmentalist Roxanne Quimby's land holdings during a meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Quimby rep unfazed by Millinocket leaders’ opposition to park

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Opposition from the Town Council to environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s plan to give 70,000 acres she owns to form a national park, or to a study of that proposal’s feasibility, doesn’t much faze her land manager. “Right now my reaction is that the glass is still half full. …
Roxanne Quimby speaks during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket in May. Over 100 people attended the meeting where Quimby took questions from the audience.

Medway panel supports studying North Woods national park plan; Quimby to visit Millinocket next week

MEDWAY, Maine — Less than a week before environmentalistRoxanne Quimby returns to the Kathadin region to discuss her proposal to create a national park near Baxter State Park, the Medway School Committee voted 3-0 Tuesday to support a study that would examine the feasibility of her plan. With members Hope …
Millinocket Town Council Chairman John Davis speaks during a
meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Millinocket council says no to Quimby, park feasibility study

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Profound anti-federal government sentiments and fears of imperiling paper mill revitalization efforts were among reasons town leaders cited Thursday for opposing environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to create a national park. Against the wishes of a downtown business group and the region’s Chamber of Commerce, the Town Council …
Roxanne Quimby presents "Economic Benefits of National Parks on Gateway Communities" on Monday, July 18, 2011, at Stearns High School in Millinocket. Quimby, a conservationist and founder of Burt's Bees, is hoping to develop a Maine Woods National Park in the region and cites the economic success of communities in Colorado and Alaska as incentive for Millinocket residents to embrace the idea of reinventing itself as a national park gateway communitiy.

Snowe, Collins skeptical of Quimby’s park proposal

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Roxanne Quimby sees a national park as part of her potential legacy and hopes to make a gift of 70,000 acres for a park to the federal government in 2016. But the millionaire co-founder of Burt’s Bees and noted environmentalist said during a meeting at Stearns High …
EDITORIALS
In this Jan. 28, 2011 photo, clouds hide the summit of Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, in this view from land owned by Roxanne Quimby in Township 3, Range 8, Maine. Quimby, the founder of Burts Bees, wants to donate 70,000 acres east of Baxter to the federal government with the aim of creating a Maine Woods National Park.

Park study would help Katahdin region identify opportunities

State government and Maine’s congressional delegation are loathe to show support for a national park plan for the Katahdin region, probably because doing so would risk political opposition with little gain. The federal government, likely in the early years of an extended lean era, will not readily take on the …

East Millinocket school leaders deadlock on park feasibility study

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — The school committee will take no position on having a feasibility study done on environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to create a 70,000-acre national park next to Baxter State Park, but not willingly. With very little discussion, committee members voted 2-2 on whether to support a feasibility …
CONTRIBUTORS

Quimby could better use her money investing in Katahdin region economic development

The noose is getting tighter. I attended the recent meeting in Millinocket where I listened to Roxanne Quimby extol the virtues of a Maine Woods or North Woods National Park. Mayors from Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colo., were part of a three-hour show like no other I have attended. …

East Millinocket school board weighs plan for national park feasibility study

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — The school committee will be the next Katahdin region governmental body to consider whether to support a study of the feasibility of environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s idea of siting a national park next to Baxter State Park, Superintendent Quenten Clark said Monday. The committee will meet at …

Katahdin Chamber supports national park feasibility study

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce supports a study of the feasibility of creating a national park near Baxter State Park, its president said Wednesday. With members Deb Roundtree and Thomas Malcolm absent, the Chamber’s board of directors voted 9-0 on Tuesday to support the study, which …

Sharp words cause Millinocket to reconsider Chamber funding

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The Town Council is reconsidering whether to fund the Chamber of Commerce after receiving what they considered disrespectful emails from Chamber members before the council’s 6-0 vote opposing a Chamber-supported feasibility study of a national park. Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce President Chip Lamson, who did not …

US dominates world championships with 16 golds

SHANGHAI — Michael Phelps kept telling everyone he wasn’t in shape at the world championships. Winning seven medals, including four golds, didn’t change his mind. What Phelps didn’t do — and Ryan Lochte did — was most telling. Lochte beat Phelps in both of their matchups, and he set the …
REESER MANLEY
Striped cucumber beetles partying on a cucurbit leaf.

Keeping cucumber beetles at bay should not involve toxic chemicals

As I write this column, striped cucumber beetles in plague proportions are feeding on cucumbers and squash plants in many Maine gardens. I squashed two of these small creatures in our garden, but many gardeners are reporting hordes. I first heard about the beetle scourge last week while visiting a …
EMMET MEARA

The Vollmer chronicles

Even in my best baseball fantasies, I was never Ted Williams or Mickey Mantle. But as I hit a few hundred rocks over the trees at Perham Street, I was often Clyde Vollmer. You have to be a certified baseball nut to remember Clyde. He comes to mind every July …

Phelps sees potential in 200 free loss at worlds

SHANGHAI — Reality smacked Michael Phelps in the face again, only this time he accepted it. The 14-time Olympic champion didn’t like losing the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships again, even if it was to good pal Ryan Lochte. But Phelps knows he’s got more in him and unlike …
EAT THIS

Diet advice for truckers

Long-haul truckers are a crucial link in the flow of goods across this country. Almost every product sold in the United States spends at least some time traveling in a truck. A long-distance driver may drive up to 11 hours a day. To maximize driving hours, drivers often skip meals, …

‘Gamble with death’ cost nine lives on Bangor and Aroostook Railroad

Two passenger trains steamed toward each other during a violent wind and rainstorm along a remote stretch of track north of Millinocket on the evening of July 28, 1911, a century ago this week. In the head-on crash that followed between an excursion train heading to Caribou from Searsport and …
SMART COLLECTOR
Bought new in 1958, the rare 18K Patek Philippe watch recently sold for $380,006 in an Antiquorum Hong Kong auction.

Don’t hesitate to seek a second, or third, opinion on value

Q: I took this small rocker to a local shop to have cane work replaced, and people in the shop were very intrigued by it. Note “1695″ on the bottom of the seat. The shop owner told us he thought the chair might be worth several thousand dollars. I then …