Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

Greg and Mary Libby.

‘The mill is gone, but we’re not’: Katahdin region, state reflect on Labor Day

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 01, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — In the gloomy days that immediately followed the February shutdown of the local paper mill, mill workers would gather in town neighborhoods and walk every morning, sometimes for miles, Greg Libby says. They’d be in groups of three or four. They would discuss the weather, sports, …
Firefighters from four towns fought a fire in Millinocket on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

Millinocket apartment building fire displaces 16 people

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 01, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — A Labor Day fire displaced 16 people and destroyed a block of apartments on Wassau Street, despite the efforts of four area fire departments, officials said. One firefighter was being treated at the scene for heat exhaustion as of 5:30 p.m, officials said. Witness Lisa Hayes said …
Charles Gulesian applies finishing touches to the exterior of his as-yet unnamed fish market on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. He plans to open in about three weeks.

Fish market, car restoration shop opening in Lincoln

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 01, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — The rear body of Scott Crockett’s 1969 Dodge Charger is rotted through. The car’s interior is gone, and the front subframe almost came off when the towline dragged the hulk of metal onto a flatbed trailer so Crockett could take it to his shop on West Broadway. …
Kiiya M. Foster, 15, was reported missing from her guardian's residence on Koskela Road in Woodstock on Saturday, Aug. 30. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and was last seen wearing black pants, a black tank top, a gray sweater and tan dress mid-calf boots, according to police.

Teen girl missing from Woodstock

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 31, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
WOODSTOCK, Maine — State police are searching for a 15-year-old girl missing since Saturday but not believed to be in any immediate danger, officials said Sunday. Kiiya M. Foster left her guardian’s residence on Koskela Road at about 10:50 a.m. on Saturday and apparently hasn’t been seen since, said Stephen …

Dust, moose factors that led to ATV accident, warden says

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 30, 2014, at 5:07 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 43, Maine – A moose and a cloud of dust helped cause a 36-year-old ATV rider to suffer serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Saturday, officials said. Jamie Dow of Litchfield was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center. He suffered a fractured skull and a …

Truck, dry conditions spark fire along I-95, I-395 in Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 30, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Firefighters warned motorists to be especially careful with smoking materials after a passing truck sparked a grass fire about a mile long through parts of Interstates 95 and 395 on Saturday, officials said. High winds and unusually dry conditions aided the flames as the fire ran from …
A teen fell and injured himself while hiking Saturday on Katahdin's Knife Edge Trail.

Rangers, volunteers rescue Canadian hiker who fell on Knife Edge Trail in Baxter State Park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 30, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine — Park workers and volunteers rescued an 18-year-old hiker after he was injured in a fall on Saturday, park Director Jensen Bissell said Sunday. The unidentified hiker was on the Knife Edge Trail west of Pamola Peak when he fell. Park workers got the rescue call …
Lincoln town officials told workers to stay out of the areas with mold until those portions of the Main Street building are declared safe.

Elevated spore count detected in Lincoln town office basement, officials say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 30, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — The company testing to determine whether the basement under the town office has a mold problem detected an elevated — but not necessarily hazardous — mold spore count, officials said Friday. Town workers, some of whom spent Friday moving records from the basement, were warned and will …
Workers secure insulation as part of a $2.4 million roof replacement at Schenck High School in East Millinocket on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

Worker falls through roof at Schenck High School during construction job

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 28, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine – A roofing subcontractor was hospitalized after falling through the roof of Schenck High School on Thursday, officials said. The man, whose name was not immediately available, fell through a section of roof decking and landed on a file cabinet and possibly a table near the auditorium …
The mill in East Millinocket is seen in a 2009 file photo.

GNP makes interest payment on $658,657 in taxes owed East Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 28, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine – The town’s largest taxpayer made an interest payment this week on the $658,657 it owes in personal property and real estate taxes, officials said Thursday. The $28,036 wired from Great Northern Paper Co. LLC came in Monday after Selectman Clint Linscott arranged the deal. The payment …
Sullivan and Merritt Constructors Inc. say traffic on West Broadway in Lincoln should return to normal in about two weeks, or by early September.

Widening of West Broadway topic of public meeting in Lincoln

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 27, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — The local chamber of commerce supports the proposed $1.8 million widening of West Broadway and will hold an informational seminar to explain why others should, too, officials said Wednesday. The Lunch and Learn informational seminar will feature local and state officials and will be held at Shooters …
Town officials might soon move the town office from this Main Street building, as seen on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Lincoln town office tested for mold, town manager says

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 27, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — A private contractor tested the town office on Wednesday after town leaders and a Masonic fraternal group that owns the building disputed whether the basement had a mold problem. Interim Town Manager Ron Weatherbee said the private contractor, CES Inc., did the tests. Any decision about evacuating …
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.
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 …
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 …
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