Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

Millinocket workers fix the town office roof Wednesday evening.

Consultant’s report criticizing Millinocket is accurate, some residents, businesspeople say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 15, 2015, at 5:35 a.m.
Amy Collinsworth is a Millinocket resident and lifelong fan of the town known as the Magic City for the speed with which it was built in the Maine woods more than a century ago. A Stearns High School graduate, former basketball team captain and organizer of a …
CZB Associates of Virginia wants Millinocket to undertake an aggressive beautification program in its downtown.

‘You have to improve your attitude,’ economic adviser tells Millinocket in open letter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 13, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
Millinocket needs to increase taxes, beautify itself, consolidate schools, aggressively seek grants and create a regional economic development strategy based on open public land and tourism if it is ever going to thrive in the 21st century, according to an open letter from a Virginia-based economic development …

Residents of Mattawamkeag reject proposed medical marijuana facility

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 13, 2015, at 5:50 a.m.
It would have generated for their town $69,000 and rid the town of a potential eyesore, but residents rejected selling the former Dr. Carl Troutt School building.
Residents voted  to reject a proposal to turn the former Dr. Carl Troutt School into a medical marijuana dispensary during a special town meeting on Monday.

Plan to turn former school into medical marijuana dispensary rejected in Mattawamkeag

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 12, 2015, at 8:38 p.m.
Mattawamkeag will not be known as “Pot Town.” Residents voted 52-22 at a special town meeting Monday night to reject a tentatively agreed upon proposal from a Lebanon-based company to buy the former Dr. Carl Troutt School for $69,000 and turn it into a medical marijuana dispensary. …
Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle

Millinocket facing harsh cuts in next year’s budget to keep taxes down, officials say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 12, 2015, at 3:50 p.m.
Three Town Council members would love to see Millinocket property taxes unchanged next fiscal year. Two others want to see the property tax rate reduced to $27 per $1,000 in assessed valuation. And nobody wants property taxes to increase. Town Manager Peggy Daigle asked councilors to set …
Millinocket Town Councilor John Raymond [left], explains a map with assistance from Councilor Michael Madore during a Town Council meeting August 2011.

Millinocket leaders to work with national park advocate to revive ATV trail agreement

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 09, 2015, at 5:38 p.m.
Town leaders will be working with leading national park proponent Lucas St. Clair to resurrect a 2007 land-use agreement with Roxanne Quimby that would expand the Katahdin region’s multiuse recreational trail network, officials said Friday. Former Town Councilor John Raymond and fellow ATV trail network organizer Paul …
The former Dr. Carl Troutt School of Mattawamkeag as seen on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

Closed school, named after doctor, may house medical marijuana grower

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 09, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
MATTAWAMKEAG | A medical marijuana grower has tentatively agreed to buy the former Dr. Carl Troutt School for $69,000, a deal residents will review at a special town meeting on Monday night, officials said this week. Vicki Stanley, a broker for United Country McPhail Realty of Lincoln representing the …
The Millinocket Post Office is reflected in the window of an empty storefront in downtown Millinocket, one of several properties that the Millinocket Downtown Revitalization Committee would eventually hope to see improved.

Millinocket business group working to revitalize downtown

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 08, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.
Pursuit of grants, private donations and blight removal are among the goals set by the Millinocket Downtown Revitalization Committee as it begins fundraising efforts for three downtown repair projects, its chairwoman said Thursday. “The idea is to have visible projects that we complete so that visitors would …
Robert Catlin, 46, of Stacyville.

Stacyville man charged after allegedly being intoxicated in Lincoln courthouse

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 07, 2015, at 5:47 p.m.
A local man was arrested on a charge of violating bail conditions on Tuesday after he came to Lincoln District Court to meet with court workers and they noticed he appeared to be intoxicated, police said Wednesday. Robert Catlin, 46, of Stacyville was charged with violating the …
Seen here at a fire scene in Chester in April 2014, Lincoln police officer and on-call firefighter Anthony Redmond resigned his posts on Monday, Jan. 5,2014.

Lincoln man resigns as police officer, on-call firefighter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 07, 2015, at 5 p.m.
A town police officer and on-call firefighter resigned from both positions on Monday, an official said. Anthony Redmond, 46, of Lincoln worked his last shift as a police officer on Friday night, Lincoln’s Director of Public Safety Dan Summers said. “He has no more affiliation with the …

GNP makes $477,700 payment to Millinocket, town still owed $74,035 for last year’s taxes

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 07, 2015, at 2:22 p.m.
Great Northern Paper Co. LLC recently made its largest single payment yet, $477,700, but is still about $74,035 short of full payment of last year’s $1.18 million tax debt, officials said Tuesday. The $477,700 payment was wired to the town on Dec. 31. It represents almost all …
Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, talks with the press outside the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland on Sept. 25, 2013.

Mother of Ayla Reynolds supports effort to fund cold-case investigation squad

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 06, 2015, at 1:18 p.m.
PORTLAND | The mother of the little girl at the center of the state’s most extensive missing-person investigation is lending her voice to an effort to fund Maine’s first full-time cold case homicide investigation squad, she said. “I think it is great that there will be [detectives] working 24-7 …

General assistance, Civil War-style: Ledger spotted on eBay returning to Mattawamkeag

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 04, 2015, at 9:20 p.m.
Town Clerk Jodi Furge administers Maine General Assistance to town residents, and she’s never heard of such programs giving clients flour, shoes, pork, tobacco or molasses. But thanks to Maine State Archives Services workers, a Civil War-era ledger documenting the assistance given to the town’s veterans from …

Pickup truck, sedan collide head-on in Enfield

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 04, 2015, at 5:18 p.m.
Two people suffered minor injuries when their vehicles collided on Main Road at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, a Penobscot County sheriff’s deputy said. Cody Archer, 23, of Maxfield was southbound in a sedan when a northbound pickup driven by Dwayne Gilman, 55, of Enfield turned in front …
Millinocket officials say the new Family Dollar slated for Central Street will closely resemble the East Millinocket store (pictured) that opened a few months ago.

Family Dollar on track to build new store in Millinocket this spring

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 04, 2015, at 2:20 p.m.
Family Dollar will be expanding its presence with a new store the discount retailer hopes to build in Millinocket this spring, officials said Saturday. Set to be located on Central Street, also known as Route 11, between Subway and Gateway Insurance Co., the new building will closely …

Man injured in hit-and-run in Sangerville

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 04, 2015, at 11:55 a.m.
Police are searching for a pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run accident on Pleasant Avenue in which a man suffered a cut to his head and was hospitalized, officials said Sunday. Rescue services were sent to Pleasant Avenue at about 7 p.m. Saturday on a report of …
As freezing rain tapered off on Sunday in South Freeport, a man shovels a barge tied up at Strouts Point Wharf Co. in the Harraseeket River.

Overnight snow in Maine a prelude to decrease in temperatures later this week

By Beth Brogan and Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 04, 2015, at 11:18 a.m.
FREEPORT | Mainers in much of the state saw nearly half a foot of snow overnight Saturday, with freezing rain creeping north in the early hours Sunday. But forecasters say snow is the least of our worries this week, as January settles in and temperatures in some areas of …

Man, woman killed instantly in Jonesport crash, state police say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 03, 2015, at 12:02 p.m.
Two local people were killed instantly when the car they were driving veered off Main Street and hit a guardrail and tree at a high rate of speed early Saturday, state police said. James Hatt, 26, was thrown while Bridget Robinson, 31, was partly ejected from the …

Lincoln Wal-Mart assistant manager accused of theft from store

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 02, 2015, at 8:24 p.m.
An assistant manager at Wal-Mart on West Broadway was issued a summons Friday after allegedly buying $60.08 worth of goods with gift cards stolen from his own store, police said. Andrew Crist, 27, of Williamsburg was summonsed for Class E theft in connection with the incident, police …
Lucas St. Clair

North Woods national park proponents hiring outreach coordinator to promote plan

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 31, 2014, at 5:41 a.m.
The effort to create a North Woods national park adjacent to Baxter State Park soon will have a local voice to answer people’s questions and enlist their support. David Farmer, a spokesman for leading park advocate Lucas St. Clair and Katahdin Woods and Waters, said that the outreach coordinator position …
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