Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

East Millinocket Selectman Mark Marston reads a statement during an anti-national park forum held by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Katahdin-area residents attend forum on proposed national park, skeptical of benefits

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Rep. Beth Turner, R-Burlington, said after a forum Wednesday on a proposed 150,000-acre national park in the Katahdin region that she doesn’t believe that the virtues of the park would outweigh its flaws. She and several of the 28 people who attended the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber …
Millinocket Town Council Chairman Richard Angotti Jr. listens to residents during a council meeting on Feb. 27, 2014.

Millinocket meets with lawyers over GNP debt, has ‘decided direction’ for collecting money

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 22, 2014, at 7:59 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders emerged from a private meeting on Tuesday confident that they were developing a strategy for handling Great Northern Paper Co. LLC’s $1.18 million property tax debt that would emerge within two weeks. Town Manager Peggy Daigle said the Town Council’s executive-session teleconference with attorneys Rob …
Age and the work done by excavators is apparent at the Great Northern Paper Co. LLC site in Millinocket as seen on Monday, June 16, 2014.

Millinocket Town Council calls special meeting with attorney Tuesday to discuss GNP tax nonpayment

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 22, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The Town Council will meet behind closed doors at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss Great Northern Paper Co.’s failure pay all of its approximately $1.18 million net personal property tax bill, officials said. The agenda for the meeting lists one item, an executive session conference call …
Ron Weatherbee

Lincoln names interim town manager

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 22, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Cemetery, Parks and Recreation Director Ron Weatherbee was named Lincoln’s interim town manager, replacing William Lawrence, officials said Tuesday. The Town Council emerged from an executive session and voted 7-0 during a meeting Monday night to name Weatherbee as Lawrence’s temporary successor. The 60-year-old Weatherbee is a …
Vehicles leave the Katahdin Avenue industrial park in Millinocket after an auction of papermaking equipment on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Great Northern Paper auctioneer makes partial tax payment but still behind schedule

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 21, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The auctioneer paying Great Northern Paper Co. LLC’s approximately $1.18 million net personal property tax debt made a $133,500 payment Friday, Town Manager Peggy Daigle said Monday. “We are waiting to see what today brings,” Daigle said in an email issued at 1:30 p.m. The $133,500 payment …

Lincoln holds its first ‘Redneck Regatta’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 20, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
The 2014 Lincoln Homecoming Festival’s first “Redneck Regatta” drew close to 1,000 spectators and 11 contestants in cardboard and duct tape watercraft.

Camper rollover forces partial shutdown of I-95 in Fairfield

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 20, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
FAIRFIELD, Maine — A largely wooden 32-foot camper rolled over on Interstate 95 and jammed southbound traffic for 5½ hours on Sunday and broke apart when rescue workers tried to move it, officials said. An elderly Brunswick man was towing an apparently brand-new Hornet camper with a pickup truck in …
Electric vigil candles and mementos adorn a table at a vigil for missing Maine native Danielle Bertolini at Cascade Park on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Family, friends hold vigil for Bangor native, other women missing in California

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 20, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Katrina Hutchinson held Eli Richcreek in her arms Saturday and adored how the 9-month-old was fascinated with the tiny light he held. Those minutes of simple delight were among the few Hutchinson said she has had since her friend, Maine native Danielle Bertolini, was reported missing to …
Eleven watercraft made of cardboard and duct tape raced in the 2014 Lincoln Homecoming's "Redneck Regatta" on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The riders of this craft claimed the day's fastest time in the half-dozen heats.

Racers rally for Lincoln Homecoming’s ‘Redneck Regatta’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 19, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — After having his family’s entry into the 2014 Lincoln Homecoming Festival’s “Redneck Regatta” sink about halfway through the 300-foot race course, Lucas Vanadestine said he already knows what next year’s entry will need: More duct tape. “We tipped it over right at the [starting] line because it …
Michael Miller, 40, of Orrington was found dead inside his SUV near the Ammo Industrial Park in Hampden on Saturday morning. He had been missing since July 17.

Orrington man missing since Thursday found dead near Hampden industrial park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 19, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Searchers found an Orrington man missing since Thursday dead inside his SUV near Ammo Industrial Park on Saturday. Michael Miller, 40, had not been heard from since about 8 a.m. Thursday. His wife believed he might have been within a 5-mile radius of Center Drive. Searchers from …

Paper industry struggles have taken toll on Katahdin region

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 19, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
The paper mills of East Millinocket and Millinocket have struggled mightily over the last decade, and many plans made by their owner, Great Northern Paper Co. LLC, and management company Cate Street Capital of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which formed GNP, haven’t been realized. Things looked promising to Gov. Paul LePage …

Lincoln police arrest Seboeis Plantation man accused of unlawful sexual contact

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 17, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — A local man was arrested Thursday on charges that he allegedly twice had unlawful sexual contact with a 14-year-old Lincoln girl over the last four years, police said Thursday. John Murray, 27, of Seboeis Plantation was charged with single counts of Class A and Class B unlawful …
Granite Street School teachers Jenny Daigle (left) and Missy Wheaton listen to Millinocket School Committee members discuss closing their school during a meeting at Stearns High School on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Recent school budget cuts will retain all school staff.

Millinocket teachers agree to wage freeze, help school system save $300,000

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 17, 2014, at 2:34 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The local teachers union will accept a one-year wage freeze and the loss of several assistant coaches to help achieve an additional $300,000 school budget cut mandated by town leaders, Superintendent Frank Boynton said Thursday. Two full-time and unfilled art and English as a Second Language teachers’ …
Watercraft like this will participate in the 2-14 Lincoln Homecoming Festival. The festival starts Thursday, July 17, 2014 and ends on the following Sunday.

’Redneck Regatta’ to launch this year at Lincoln’s Homecoming Festival

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 16, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — With some cardboard, some duct tape and a little ingenuity, the 2014 Lincoln Homecoming Festival will host its first-ever “Redneck Regatta,” Will Labrie says. Sponsored by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, the regatta will feature canoes, kayaks and any other kind of hopefully floating craft …
A tree fell in front of a home in York on Tuesday as a storm ripped through Maine.

Lightning strike claims Medway garage as storm batters state

By Nick Sambides Jr. and Ryan McLaughlin on July 16, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
MEDWAY, Maine — A lightning bolt from thunderstorms that rolled over northern Maine on Tuesday ignited a Medway family’s garage in a fire that might have also destroyed a mobile home had not firefighters been training nearby, officials said Wednesday. The homeowner, Jeffrey Stanley, told firefighters that he “saw a …
Waldo McMannis was lucky to escape with just minor injuries on his head after the logging truck he was driving tipped over on Route 6 in Topsfield on Monday, Springfield Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim White said.

‘He’s very lucky’: Logging truck driver suffers minor injuries after truck rolls over, crushes cab

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 15, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.
TOPSFIELD, Maine — The headboard of a logging truck was credited Tuesday with saving a logging truck driver’s life when his 18-wheeler tipped over on Route 6 on Monday. The passenger side of the logging truck was crushed after the truck came to rest on the roof of its cab, …
Lincoln resident Byron Sanderson speaks to the Lincoln Town Council during a meeting at the town office Monday, July 14, 2014.

Lincoln councilor denies claim she ran manager out of town

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 15, 2014, at 5:04 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Byron Sanderson believes Town Councilor Dede Trask ran former Town Manager William Lawrence out of his job as a result of her persistent criticism of Lawrence’s work. Trask said she only questioned Lawrence, who resigned from his position July 11 to take a job in Florida, about …

Cate Street company suing New York energy firm over mistaken $140,000 transfer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 12, 2014, at 8:56 a.m.
A company created by the investor in two Katahdin region paper mills to operate a 75-megawatt biomass boiler in Gorham, New Hampshire, is suing another energy producer in that state for the return of $140,000 in miswired funds, officials said Friday. Newco Energy LLC, which lists Cate Street Capital as …

Superintendent says Millinocket can cut school budget, keep Granite Street School open

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 11, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The school system can follow Town Council guidelines by cutting an additional $300,000 from its 2014-15 budget without closing Granite Street School, Superintendent Frank Boynton said Friday. Boynton said that he had spent about eight days reviewing school finances and believes he has found several ways in …
Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle

Millinocket officials warn residents against berating auctioneer for missed tax payments

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 10, 2014, at 7:04 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town Council members warned residents against verbally abusing Great Northern Paper Co. auctioneer Koster Industries on Thursday after Koster failed to pay a $340,000 tax payment that Great Northern Paper has owed since Tuesday. Town Manager Peggy Daigle told the council during its meeting on Thursday that …
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