Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
Maine's biggest cheesemaker will revitalize the former Grants Dairy plant, at 1 Milk Street in Bangor, as part of a $4.5 million plan to bring as many as 50 jobs to Bangor. Pineland Farms Inc. will consolidate its cheese production operations in New Gloucester and Mars Hill at the former processing and bottling plant.

Portland foundation to reopen shuttered Bangor milk processing plant closed in 2013

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 25, 2017, at 8:47 a.m.
Pineland Farms Inc. will take over the former Grants Dairy plant as part of a plan to bring as many as 50 jobs to Bangor.
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The Libra Foundation has purchased a farm and close to 12 buildings in Monson for $500K. They want to grow hay at the farm for their Pineland Farms dairy products and turn the buildings into artists residences, thus combining arts/tourism and agriculture to revitalize the town.

A wealthy group bought the heart of a poor Maine town to build an artist colony

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 25, 2017, at 8:47 a.m.
The Libra Foundation is planning to spend up to $10 million to save Monson with a dramatic infusion of cash into the arts, agriculture and eventually recreation.
The banner hung by Herman and Lisa Ammerman of Benedicta points the way to one of the Interstate 95 exits to Maine's national monument.

State confiscates homemade national monument sign, warns against other postings

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 24, 2017, at 11:46 a.m.
That didn’t last long.

LaGrange farmer crushed by tractor, suffers several broken bones

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 23, 2017, at 9:04 p.m.
An unidentified man may have suffered serious leg injuries when a farm tractor ran over him, witnesses said.
Antoinne J. Bethea

Man wanted in Bangor murder waives extradition from Ohio

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 23, 2017, at 5:52 p.m.
Antoinne J. “Prince” Bethea, 40, formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, was ordered turned over to Penobscot County sheriffs during his appearance in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
LINCOLN, Maine -- 05/16/2017 - Chris Palmer Clayton Glidden (right) brings a PVC pipe for a test well in position for Chris Palmer, both of East Coast Exploration and Drilling, in Lincoln Tuesday. The pair are contracted by Poland Springs to dig test wells for the bottling plant Poland Springs might build here. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

How Poland Spring picks where to set up bottling plants

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 22, 2017, at 2:31 p.m.
A Lincoln bottling plant would likely require 175 million gallons annually.
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Seen speaking in East Millinocket against the Maine national monument last year, Gov. Paul LePage has ordered a ban of all monument signs along state roads until a federal review of the monument’s status is finished.

LePage refuses to put up road signs for North Woods national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The governor won’t allow official signs for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to be placed along Interstate 95 and Routes 11, 157 and 159, until federal officials determine whether the executive order creating the monument was valid.
City workers set up a temporary crosswalk sign at Hammond and Central streets in downtown Bangor on Thursday. Businesses there say construction work being done is hampering some sales, but that it's necessary.

Bangor’s downtown construction project a ‘necessary evil,’ but retailers are seeing less traffic

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 19, 2017, at 6:51 a.m.
Downtown business owners say that the dust, noise and clogged traffic at the intersection of the three streets have been annoyances that in some cases have hurt sales.
U.S. Sen. Angus King

King: Trump could face beginning of impeachment process

By Michael Shepherd and Nick Sambides Jr. on May 16, 2017, at 7:10 p.m.
“If indeed the president tried to tell the director of the FBI who worked for him that he should drop an investigation … that’s a very serious matter,” King said.
The northern entrance road to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, seen here last August, is the only road to the monument open now.

Mud keeping Maine monument from full opening

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 16, 2017, at 2 a.m.
Its north entrance is open, but Maine’s national monument won’t really start its first full season for at least another week.

Comment period open for Maine’s national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 12, 2017, at 2:29 p.m.
Friday opened the 60-day public comment period for residents to weigh in on Maine’s national monument.
Senior Natural Resource Manager Thomas Brennan of Poland Spring tells the Lincoln Water District board that he is recommending the area as the best place he has seen yet to build a $50 million bottling factory.

Lincoln a good fit for Poland Spring plant, rep says

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 12, 2017, at 2 a.m.
A Poland Spring representative said he will push his company to build a $50 million bottling plant in the Lincoln area.
Richard Schmidt III (right), Patten town council chairman, and Ray Foss, Patten town manager, explain how visitors to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument will travel through Patten on their way to the northern entrance, Sept. 30, 2016.

Former critics sign letter asking to preserve Maine’s monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 10, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
With President Donald Trump targeting northern Maine’s national monument, several Katahdin-area leaders who fiercely opposed its creation now say they want to keep it.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument map

Maine’s national monument is among the 27 that feds will review

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 05, 2017, at 4:42 p.m.
The Department of the Interior is asking for public comment on the monument.
The West Branch of the Penobscot River overflows into a parking lot near the Brian Wiley Multi-Use Recreational Bridge off Route 11 just west of Millinocket on Wednesday.

Flooding hitting sections of Golden Road and Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 04, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
“We have seen flooding cross the Golden Road before, but we haven’t seen it to the point where I was worried that our pickup truck would stall out.”

Lincoln’s town manager faces criminal charges for alleged trespass

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 03, 2017, at 7:45 p.m.
John Sutherland, 50, of Lincoln, was issued summonses by state police on Feb. 14 for allegedly breaking into a garage in Castle Hill and damaging a door.
Governor Paul LePage talks to the people gathered on the Blaine House lawn for a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March.

LePage, Quimby heir take monument fight to Capitol Hill

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 02, 2017, at 2:59 p.m.
“Not in this area, not in my lifetime,” LePage said Tuesday, predicting that “very few [visitors] will be in the mosquito area.”
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage, St. Clair set for showdown before U.S. House committee on monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 02, 2017, at 3 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage and leading monument proponent Lucas St. Clair will testify before Congress on Tuesday about whether Maine’s national monument represents a form of presidential abuse of power.
U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order reviewing previous National Monument designations made under the Antiquities Act.

Patagonia threatens to sue Trump over national monuments

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 27, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
The California-based outdoor clothing retailer may sue to prevent the Trump administration from eliminating any national monuments, its CEO says.
U.S. President Donald Trump displays an executive order reviewing previous National Monument designations made under the Antiquities Act, during a signing ceremony at the Interior Department in Washington, U.S., April 26, 2017.

Maine monument’s future in doubt after Trump orders review

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 26, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
“The Antiquities Act does not give the federal government unlimited power,” Trump said Wednesday.