Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
Vince Lombardi Trophy on display during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center.

Patriots’ Super Bowl trophy coming to Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 29, 2017, at 3:19 p.m.
The trophy is coming to Bangor in response to an invitation city officials in Bangor, Brewer and Portland extended in February.

County, church set to fight over Bangor’s former YMCA building

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 28, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.
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Workers preparing for a city road construction project work outside the former YMCA building on Tuesday. The Penobscot County Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 to pursue buying the building.

County, Bangor church wage war over former YMCA building

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 28, 2017, at 3:02 p.m.
The Penobscot County Commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to authorize a purchase attempt of the former Bangor YMCA to expand the neighboring county jail.
BREWER, Maine -- 031717 -- Terry McNeil of Eddington grabs hold of a bundle of cloth belts for packing at Highland Belts & Fine Leather Goods of Brewer.

Highland Belts a small operation with a big heart

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 26, 2017, at 7:37 a.m.
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Terry McNeil of Eddington grabs a bundle of cloth belts for packing at Highland Belts and Fine Leather Goods of Brewer.

This Brewer factory makes expensive, high-demand leatherware

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 26, 2017, at 7:37 a.m.
Adam Sutton is inspired by the fact “that people are willing to help you, that they’re willing to give it what I believe is their best shot. I really believe that my business would be nothing without them.”
Scout Stradley, 5, of Rockport, waves an American flag as she watches her mom, Sarah Harvey, originally from England, be sworn in as an American citizen Friday morning at the Federal Building. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison presided over the ceremony where 27 people from 21 different countries took the Oath of Allegiance.

27 immigrants sworn in as U.S. citizens in Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 24, 2017, at 7:13 p.m.
“I love the American people. They are very friendly, there’s a lot of kindness [in them] for another country and another people.”
Bangor and Brewer firefighters grab a man who jumped from the Veterans Remembrance Bridge into the freezing cold waters of the Penobscot River on Wednesday.

Rescuers save man from icy Penobscot under I-395 bridge

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 22, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
A diver and several rescue workers helped pluck a partially submerged man from the icy Penobscot River Wednesday.
The Hammond Street intersection will be torn up to install underground utilities until September starting Sunday, weather permitting. Traffic will be routed while the work continues.

Bangor to replace more water, sewer mains downtown this summer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 21, 2017, at 4:21 p.m.
The $1.6 million project will start Sunday night, weather permitting, and last until early September.
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Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC

Lincoln wants feds to help pay for $20 million cleanup at former mill

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 17, 2017, at 7:33 a.m.
Asbestos cleanup from the LPT buildings alone will cost an estimated $16 million.
Three excavators continue to organize debris at the former Great Northern Paper Co. LLC mill site in East Millinocket on Tuesday.

Fire crews ‘dodged a bullet’ battling GNP site fire, official says

By Nick McCrea and Nick Sambides Jr. on March 14, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
“I don’t know what avenues we can pursue but these people are not doing the job correctly, not for this to happen,” Mark Scally, chairman of the board of selectmen, said Tuesday.
If retail marijuana is to be sold in Bangor, City Council Chairman Joe Baldacci wants the city to be its sole vendor. Arguing that the city would do the best job keeping it out of underage hands, and could certainly use the profits, Baldacci asked during a council workshop on Monday night whether the city could restrict the sales to itself and was told "probably not."

Baldacci: Make city government Bangor’s sole retail marijuana seller

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 14, 2017, at 4:56 p.m.
“I would prefer that the money stay in local government pockets to fund things like schools and roads and police and fire,” Baldacci said.
An excavator tears down one of four buildings to be demolished at the former paper mill site on Main Street, Feb. 7, 2017.

Firefighters douse ‘toxic’ blaze at former GNP mill site

By McCrea and Sambides on March 14, 2017, at 9:28 a.m.
The blaze had to be controlled because of the toxicity of the debris. If the fire got out of control, locals may have been forced to evacuate.
An excavator razes one of four buildings to be demolished at the former paper mill site on Main Street. A fire broke out at the site Monday evening.

Firefighters quell overnight blaze at former GNP mill site sought by developer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 13, 2017, at 9:56 p.m.
Several fire departments were battling a fire at the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site on Monday near ongoing and controversial demolition work.

Police suspect I-95 wrong-way driver was ‘intoxicated and disoriented’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 13, 2017, at 6:47 a.m.
Hugh Brawn, 70, struck a vehicle driven by Tristan Kaldenberg, 19, of Littleton, Massachusetts, who remained in critical condition at EMMC on Monday.
Three people suffered serious injuries when the red Chevy Blazer crossed the centerline of Route 2 in Winn while heading southbound and struck the northbound Toyota SUV in Aug. 2014, state police said.

Passadumkeag man fined $3,600 for role in fatal 2014 Winn accident

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 10, 2017, at 9:09 a.m.
Brad Curtis, 31, of Passadumkeag, also had his driver’s license suspended for a total of six years under the deal approved this week.
Gov. Paul LePage

‘Gross negligence’: Patagonia founder, Maine native calls out LePage for anti-monument stance

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 09, 2017, at 10:04 a.m.
“It’s a theft of valuable property owned by all of us.”
The view from Comb Ridge is pictured in Utah’s Bears Ears area of the Four Corners Region.

Maine’s monument fight is nothing compared to Utah’s

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 09, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Patagonia teamed up with Google to release 10 short films highlighting the importance of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, which was advertised on the New York Times website.
The old engineer's house on State Street in Bangor is seen Tuesday.

Salvaging history: Renovators see much promise in landmark Bangor home

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Besides its historic value, Kelly says, the building will be an excellent demonstration of the companies’ abilities when it’s finished.
Seen here in November, City Councilor Cary Weston clashed with Chairman Joe Baldacci during a recent council goals-setting session.

Bangor council vows to take up immigration center, marijuana ban, dispatch center consolidation this year

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 07, 2017, at 6:41 p.m.
“Every time you add layers of cost or regulation to businesses, you better be sure to have done your homework.”
The old engineer's house in Bangor. The building was at risk of being destroyed, but will be restored by two Bangor firms.

It only took $1 to save Bangor’s historic engineer’s house

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 06, 2017, at 4:50 p.m.
Architects at Ames Associates, LLC and contractors at House Revivers have until March 31 under their purchase and sale agreement to pay $1 to buy the 125-year-old building on State Street.