Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
Rafts from Millinocket-based New England Outdoor Center get ready to head down the West Branch of the Penobscot River.

Roxanne Quimby’s foundation gives $50,000 for Katahdin region tourism program

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 26, 2014, at 5:16 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — People looking to work in tourism-based jobs in the Katahdin region could get a major boost from a new community college program that may be available next spring, officials said Tuesday. The Quimby Family Foundation, one of the backers of a proposed national park, gave a …

Lincoln town office may have mold problem

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 26, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
Lincoln Town Council members knew they had a long  night ahead of them Monday when they got a piece of unwelcome news: The town office might have a mold problem.
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Town officials might soon move the town office from this Main Street building, as seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Lincoln town office may have ‘serious’ mold problem, officials say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 26, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Lincoln will get a new town office on Fleming Street, under a plan town leaders approved Monday night, but that news may be overshadowed by a significant amount of what appeared to be mold found in the basement of the present office, officials said Tuesday. Lincoln Town …

19-year-old Lincoln man killed in car crash on Bagley Mountain Road

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 24, 2014, at 6:11 a.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — A police officer’s memory and a mother’s telephone call led officers to a young man killed in a car crash late Saturday night on Bagley Mountain Road, officials said Sunday. Nicholas Haynes, 19, of Lincoln was found dead by Officer John Walsh about 11:20 p.m. at the …
Jesse N. Mansir, 31, of Gardiner

Dogs lead police through Gardiner woods to robbery suspect, police say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:48 p.m.
GARDINER, Maine — Dog handlers led a manhunt through a wooded area near Harrison Avenue to a local man charged Thursday night with robbing a nearby Rite-Aid pharmacy earlier in the day. No injuries were reported, police said. Jesse N. Mansir, 31, of Gardiner, was charged with Class B robbery …
Town officials might soon move the town office from this Main Street building, as seen on Thursday.

Lincoln council to address town office location alternatives during Monday meeting

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 21, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Town leaders might decide on Monday to keep the town office in its present Main Street location, move it to a heavily-renovated Ballard Hill Community Center or open a new building a developer has offered to construct on a vacant Fleming Street lot. The special Town Council …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage says state helping GNP find partner, but his patience with nonpayment ‘is running thin’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — The local paper mill won’t restart unless its owner finds a financial partner, and that likely won’t happen until at least the November election, if ever, Gov. Paul LePage told millworkers on Thursday. LePage partly chided and defended mill investor Cate Street Capital and the Great …
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Mike Mulcahy directs traffic on West Broadway in Lincoln past a natural gas pipeline installation point Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

Phase One of Lincoln’s natural gas pipeline installation nearly finished

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 20, 2014, at 7:18 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine – Traffic along the often-congested West Broadway should return to normal in about two weeks, when pavers and pipeline installers finish Phase One of a $7.5 million natural gas installation in early September, officials said Wednesday. Nearly a mile of the 3½-mile pipe installation through Lincoln remains to …

Phase One of Lincoln’s natural gas pipeline installation nearly finished

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 20, 2014, at 7:18 p.m.
Phase One of Lincoln’s $7.5 million natural gas pipeline is expected to be finished by the beginning of September.
Lincoln firefighters including Donald Olson, seen battling a fire in August 2010, will train as part of a 10-department exercise on Sept. 6.

Firefighters from 10 towns to hold training exercise in Lincoln next month

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Firefighters from 10 towns will battle a fire next month as part of the second large-scale training exercise town leaders will hold this year, officials said Tuesday. Burlington, East Millinocket, Howland, Lee, Lowell, Mattawamkeag, Medway, Passadumkeag and Springfield firefighters have been invited to join Lincoln firefighters on …
Greg Hale of East Millinocket stopped a kitchen fire from doing any damage to the building, but he received second- and third-degree burns when grease splashed on his arms and legs.

Medway rallies to help firefighter injured while battling grease fire

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 19, 2014, at 8:55 p.m.
MEDWAY, Maine – Town firefighters and residents will help one of their own Wednesday to recover from injuries suffered while he was fighting a fire in late July, Fire Chief Jon Buckingham said Tuesday. Greg Hale, a firefighter for 11 years, is recovering from second- and third-degree burns to his …
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Workers secure insulation as part of a $2.4 million roof replacement at Schenck High School in East Millinocket on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

Lottery-funded construction projects nearly finished at East Millinocket high school

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 19, 2014, at 8:11 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Construction of the new roof at Schenck High School, funded by an East Millinocket native’s donation of a portion of her lottery winnings, should be nearly finished by the start of the new school year Sept. 12, officials said Tuesday. The $2.4 million replacement of most …

East Millinocket native, lottery winner helps fund construction projects at Schenck High School

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 19, 2014, at 8:07 p.m.
East Millinocket-native Gloria MacKenzie used a portion of her lottery winnings to fund construction projects at Schenck High School.
ATV riders turn onto Penobscot Avenue after having ice cream cones in a nearby park in Millinocket in 2012.

Millinocket approves ATV trail extension

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 18, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town councilors last week approved a plan to extend the town’s all-terrain vehicle trail, and are also eyeing further extension of the regional 16½-mile multiuse recreational trail network to the east. The new ATV trail would extend north from Pelletier Loggers Restaurant, along Katahdin Avenue and Bates …
Jake, a black Labrador mix, was shot by a police officer on Saturday and recovers at home in Medway on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.

‘Just a tough dog’: Town offers to cover vet bills of Medway dog shot by police officer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
MEDWAY, Maine — As Jake, a Labrador retriever mix shot by a police officer last week continues to heal, his owner Frank T. Bishop says he’s mulling an offer from the town of East Millinocket’s insurance company to pay the dog’s veterinary bills. Trident Insurance Services sent a letter to …

Millinocket foundry has work, needs workers

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 17, 2014, at 5:39 a.m.
Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc. has work but needs workers, suffering a chronic shortage of younger workers willing to live in the Katahdin region, its owners say.
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Fabricator Doug Knowlton of Millinocket planes the inside of a metal brace at Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc. on Thursday in Millinocket.

Millinocket Fabrication and Machine owners say foundry growing, looking to expand

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 17, 2014, at 5:34 a.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The local economy might be in decline with the loss of its two paper mills, but Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc. has increased its workforce from 22 to 28 workers over the last few months and is looking to hire three more machinists — if its owners …

Millinocket property tax rate to decline slightly this year

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 15, 2014, at 12:02 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Property taxes will decline slightly under a mill rate the Town Council voted 7-0 to accept on Thursday. The new mill rate, $29.60 per $1,000 of property valuation, represents a slight decline from last year’s mill rate of $29.95, assessor Mike Noble told councilors. It occurred despite …
Jake, a black Labrador retriever mix, was shot by a police officer Saturday and is recovering at home in Medway on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.

Medway dog recovering from wound after being shot by police officer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 10, 2014, at 7:46 p.m.
MEDWAY, Maine — A town police officer investigating a hit-and-run accident at a town bank wounded a black Labrador retriever he said attacked him Saturday, officials said Sunday. The dog, Jake, lost about half its right ear, and its right shoulder and right foreleg were wounded in the shooting, which …

Burlington voters opt to investigate withdrawing from SAD 31

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 10, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
BURLINGTON, Maine — Residents voted overwhelmingly Saturday to form a committee that will investigate withdrawing from the Howland-area School Administrative District 31 school system to give town parents school choice, officials said Sunday. The 96-10 vote, during an election that ran all day Saturday, was among the busiest in recent …
 
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