Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

Millinocket Town Council Chairman Richard Angotti Jr.

Millinocket leaders agree to accept Virginia firm’s offer to help the town

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 25, 2014, at 6:57 p.m.
After initially expressing skepticism, Millinocket leaders admitted Thursday that they need help refocusing their town’s future and opted to accept a Virginia economic development firm’s offer to work for the town for free. “I support this 100 percent, and I am looking forward to hearing what they …
Joseph Lanzana, a licensed clinical professional counselor in East Millinocket, sits in his office on Main Street on Sept. 24, 2014.

‘People need a break’: Katahdin region businesses do what they can to help laid-off millworkers

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 25, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine – Al Cimon didn’t offer coupons or free state inspections of vehicles when he launched Al’s Auto LLC of Medway in 2000. Now he does it regularly. “In the beginning, there was no need for it,” Cimon said Wednesday. “The mills were up and running. Everybody was …
The Great Northern mill in East Millinocket

Great Northern Paper bankruptcy expected to delay mill auction, attorney says

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 24, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Great Northern Paper Co.’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing on Tuesday is expected to delay an auction of the company’s mill next month, but it probably won’t hurt the town’s chances of collecting delinquent taxes owed by GNP, officials said. Attorney Hans Peterson of Rudman Winchell of …
The Katahdin Avenue industrial park in Millinocket is a shell of what it was in this picture taken on May 4, 2014. The stripping down of the former mill site was part of a Great Northern Paper Co. LLC effort to revitalize the East Millinocket paper mill and start a $140 specialized pellet mill in the park.

Great Northern Paper files for bankruptcy, lists more than 1,000 creditors

By Darren Fishell and Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 23, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Great Northern Paper Co. LLC filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Tuesday, listing more than 1,000 creditors and at least $50 million in debt. Great Northern’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing might have been spurred by advance word of a petition filed Tuesday by three …
The East Millinocket Board of Selectmen met at the town office.

East Millinocket mulls filing liens against GNP for delinquent taxes

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 22, 2014, at 6:57 p.m.
Town leaders discussed but did not opt to press liens against Great Northern Paper Co. LLC for the company’s delinquent personal property and real estate taxes, they said Monday. The Board of Selectmen emerged from a nearly 1½-hour executive session Monday and took no action on …

Springfield man facing charges in connection with generator, bush hog theft

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 22, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
LINCOLN | Police summoned a Springfield man in connection with a Highland Avenue burglary last month in which $2,000 worth of equipment was stolen, a detective said Monday. Aaron Olsen, 25, of Springfield was summoned Friday on charges of Class C burglary and Class C theft in connection with …
People listen to the meeting of the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen (sitting around table) Jan. 27 at the town office.

East Millinocket selectmen to discuss GNP tax debt at meeting Monday

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 22, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
The Board of Selectmen will meet with the town’s attorney at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss the town’s rights and responsibilities in handling Great Northern Paper Co.’s tax debt. Great Northern is delinquent on $658,657 in real estate and personal property taxes for the 2013-14 fiscal …
 Several thousand people walked to raise awareness for breast cancer as part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at the Bangor Waterfront on Sunday.

Beating cancer, one step at a time: 3,000 attend Komen Race for a Cure

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 21, 2014, at 5:05 p.m.
BANGOR | When Jae Libby-Folster was 27, she never thought she would be stricken with cancer. She was working at a podiatrist’s office in Lincoln, had a 2½-year-old son, and her life was going well, she said. Then she got the call. Libby-Folster’s doctor told her that she had …

Race for the cure in Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 21, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
About 3,000 people endured a rather soggy Sunday to walk or run to raise breast cancer awareness.
Nylon-tipped drumsticks are kept in a container until the next stop of processing at the Vic Firth drumstick facility in Newport in this October 2008 file photo.

Firefighters battle blaze at drumstick factory in Newport

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 21, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
A metal stairwell support saved several thousand drumsticks from getting anything more than sprinkler damage from a fire on Sunday at the Vic Firth Co., firefighters said. No injuries were reported. The fire apparently started under a first-floor stairwell at the manufacturing facility, which is at 11 …

2 men injured in floatplane crash north of Telos

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 20, 2014, at 9:39 a.m.
Two men suffered minor injuries in a floatplane crash in which the plane’s engine stopped, a wing hit a tree and the plane spun to the ground north of the Telos area, officials said Saturday. The plane’s pilot, Gary L. Norris of Augusta, and his passenger, Robert Wheelock, were both …
School Superintendent Quenten Clark [with microphone] answers a question from Budget Committee member Cathy King during East Millinocket's annual town meeting June 3, 2014.

East Millinocket to see slight increase in school budget in third referendum

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:01 p.m.
Residents will have a third opportunity to vote on a proposed $4.02 million school budget, this one about $9,400 larger than the last one they saw, during a validation referendum held Tuesday, officials said. Ninety-nine residents who attended a town meeting Thursday voted to approve the …
A town worker mows the Main Street median in front of the shuttered East Millinocket paper mill Sept. 16, 2011.

What is the GNP mill worth? Depends on liens, value and who’s buying

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Potential buyers of the Great Northern Paper Co. mill would likely assume significant legal and monetary obligations accrued by the current owner, but legal experts think these obligations wouldn’t necessarily be deal breakers for a mill sale. Barry Cohen, a Bangor lawyer with experience in mechanic’s …
Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC Pres. and CEO Keith Van Scotter

Lincoln tissue mill to restart production on Monday after 10-day shutdown, owner says

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
The Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC mill will resume production on Monday after what co-owner Keith Van Scotter described Friday as a 10-day maintenance and backlog-management shutdown, one of several this year. “We have sent people home,” said Van Scotter, who declined to say how many. The …
A mill in East Millinocket. Some of the lost jobs there have contributed to disability claims in the region. Between 2000 and 2012, the number of people in Penobscot County receiving Social Security disability benefits skyrocketed, rising from 4,475 to 7,955

GNP creditor schedules auction of East Millinocket mill to recover $242,000 debt

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 17, 2014, at 7:29 p.m.
A Glenburn construction company owed more than $242,000 by Great Northern Paper Co. has received a court judgment against the struggling mill owner and has scheduled an auction of the mill to recoup the debt. Acting on behalf of Northern Construction Services of Glenburn, attorney Curtis …
Paul Myers

Charleston man charged after allegedly pulling knife during heating system dispute

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 17, 2014, at 5:18 p.m.
LINCOLN | A Charleston man was charged with criminal threatening Tuesday night after a landlord said the man pulled a knife on him during a dispute over a heating system, police said Wednesday. Paul Myers, 43, of Charleston was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, operating a …
Millinocket contractor Grant Boynton, who demolished this Lincoln Street house in Millinocket in 2011, might get a second shot at more demo work when the town razes properties in spring 2014.

Millinocket looking to raze 12 foreclosed properties officials cannot sell

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2014, at 6:34 p.m.
Twelve properties the town acquired via foreclosure since summer 2013 will be razed because efforts to sell them have failed, Town Manager Peggy Daigle said Tuesday. Daigle said the work razing them won’t likely begin until spring. She will ask the owners of properties adjoining the 12 …
Town officials are seeking to move the town office from this Main Street building, as seen on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Petition forces vote on Lincoln town office location

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
A successful petition forcing a referendum has temporarily halted town plans to relocate the office from Main Street to Fleming Street, officials said Tuesday. Town Clerk Shelley Crosby finished on Tuesday certifying 776 signatures on a petition organized by the local Masonic fraternity that is also the …
The Katahdin Avenue industrial park in Millinocket is a shell of what it was in this picture taken on May 4, 2014.

Economic development firm offering to help Millinocket ‘not afraid to ask hard questions’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 12, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
A Virginia-based economic development firm that offered to work for free to help the town recover from its loss of industry has already started compiling statistics for town leaders, its president said Friday. At the request of Town Manager Peggy Daigle, CZB Associates of Alexandria will shortly …
The Great Northern Paper Co. LLC site in Millinocket as seen on June 16, 2014.

Virginia, Bangor economic development firms offer to help Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 11, 2014, at 8:51 p.m.
Economic development firms from Bangor and Virginia have offered to work for free to help the town out of its economic doldrums, officials said Thursday. Reacting to a recent New York Times story on the town, CZB Associates of Alexandria contacted Town Manager Peggy Daigle to offer …
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