Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
Jason Gourley, 42, a self-employed contractor, was pronounced dead on Range Road in Atkinson on Saturday morning after the tractor he was driving fell from these flatbed trucks and rolled down an embankment, police said.

Guilford man killed, woman injured in tractor rollover in Atkinson

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 29, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
ATKINSON, Maine — A 42-year-old Guilford man was killed and a Guilford woman was injured when a tractor rolled down an embankment and onto him before injuring her on Range Road on Saturday, police said Sunday. Jason Gourley, 42, a self-employed contractor, was pronounced dead at the scene of the …
Selectmen Rob Farrington (left) and Darrell Lyons listen to the school board during a meeting at the Medway town office on Tuesday, June 17.

Medway to address $196,979 budget cut at 2nd town meeting

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 28, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
MEDWAY, Maine — Town leaders will hold a second town meeting on Monday so voters can address a $196,979 cut to the education budget that would force the school board to break contracts and state law, officials said. The town meeting will occur at Medway Middle School at 6 p.m., …
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Laura Buenrostro (right) and Shawnna Young listen to speeches during the Bangor Pride Festival on Saturday.

Bangor’s Pride comes out in parade, weekend festival

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 28, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine ― It was her 52nd birthday, but Alice Nadeau was at the Bangor Pride Festival celebrating her 20-year-old son, Sean West, on Saturday. Nadeau waved a “My Son is Gay!” sign as the parade honoring Maine’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and their allies marched past them …
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Tom Shafer is co-founder of Maine Heritage Timber Co.

Millinocket officials may lease school space to forest-products manufacturer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 28, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine – A furniture and flooring manufacturer might lease Stearns High School property under a plan school and town leaders are considering, officials said Friday. Maine Heritage Timber Co. needs to expand its woodshop operations. The company wants to lease a woodshop from the Millinocket School Department once used …
Age and the work done by excavators is apparent at the Great Northern Paper Co. LLC site in Millinocket earlier this month.

Millinocket still awaits Great Northern Paper tax payment from auctioneer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 27, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders will meet Monday to discuss amending their agreement with Great Northern Paper Co. to allow GNP to pay its overdue property taxes more quickly, Town Manager Peggy Daigle said Friday. Daigle said the Town Council will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Monday. That’s …

Firefighters pull Lincoln man from inlet to Mattanawcook Lake

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 27, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine – A local man was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital after police and firefighters pulled him early Friday from an inlet to Mattanawcook Lake, police said. Firefighters and police were called out at 12:50 a.m. on a report of a man jumping in the lake. When they arrived, …

Burglary is last straw for Topsfield pantry operators

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 27, 2014, at 7:25 a.m.
After seven years and some weariness, the couple operating a food pantry in Topsfield finds themselves mourning a violation.
Charles Harriman talks about the burglary that occurred  at the Topsfield food pantry last month as he stands behind an empty refrigerator.

Burglary is ‘last straw’ forcing closure of Topsfield food pantry, operators say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 26, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
TOPSFIELD, Maine — Charles and Diana Harriman might still be operating the Topsfield Congregational Church food pantry if it weren’t for a burglary that broke their hearts, they said Wednesday. After running the food pantry for seven years, the Codyville Plantation residents closed the doors on June 17, in response …
An auction sale sign at the Millinocket mill site on June 19.

Millinocket expects Great Northern Paper property tax payment by end of week

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 24, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The auctioneer handling last week’s sale of Great Northern Paper Co. equipment will likely pay Great Northern Paper’s overdue $2.24 million property tax bill by the end of the week, officials said Tuesday. Town Manager Peggy Daigle had hoped to have the money at the end of …
Keith Wilbur, 67, of Fairfield mated a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle to the front end of a fiberglass trike kit to make for a really unique set of wheels he shows off Saturday on Main Street in Lincoln.

Fairfield man melds Volkswagen Beetle, motorcycle for eye-catching result

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 24, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Ever imagine what a Volkswagen Beetle would look like if it were mated to a motorcycle? Keith Wilbur of Fairfield doesn’t have to. Wilbur and his mechanic, Roland Landry, attached the rear half of an orange 1974 Beetle to the front half of a three-wheel motorcycle, or …
About 80 residents attended East Millinocket's annual town meeting on June 3, 2014.

East Millinocket official hopes GNP auction in neighboring town may spur mill restart, property-tax payment

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 20, 2014, at 7:08 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — A town leader expressed hope Friday that the auction at Great Northern Paper Co. LLC will pay the company’s tax debt to Millinocket and would help restart GNP’s local paper mill. “I think it will tie up some of the loose ends in Millinocket. I am …

Two women charged with drug trafficking in East Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 20, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Two local women were charged with drug trafficking after Police Chief Cameron McDunnah found them in a car at a convenience store involved in what appeared to be an illegal transaction, he said Friday. Kari Cote, 31, of East Millinocket, and Melanie Boyington, 45, of Medway, …
A participant said that only about 20 bidders came to a Millinocket mill site to bid on a No. 11 paper machine and other equipment on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Town officials say paper machine auction appears to settle Millinocket financial woes

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 19, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The auction of Great Northern Paper Co.’s No. 11 paper machine from its defunct mill appears to have settled a $2.24 million property tax dispute with the town, officials said Thursday. Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle said she observed the auction on Internet and had counted $1.08 …
Lucas St. Clair speaks during a meeting of the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Talking up the national park: St. Clair answers critics, says proposal would create jobs

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 18, 2014, at 9:31 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine – Lucas St. Clair says if he were to turn the 150,000-acre area proposed for a national park and recreation area over to the logging industry, it would produce 53 jobs, according to a study by a University of Maine economist. But the son of environmentalist and entrepreneur …
Selectmen Rob Farrington (left) and Darrell Lyons listen to the school board during a meeting.

Medway to hold 2nd town meeting to address $196,979 budget cut

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 17, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
MEDWAY, Maine — Town leaders agreed Tuesday to hold a second town meeting so voters can address a $196,979 cut to the education budget that would force the school board to break contracts and state law, officials said. No date has been set. The Board of Selectmen informally agreed to …
Lincoln Town Council Chairman Steve Clay (left) and Town Manager William Lawrence

Lincoln saves firefighter position but will lay off three workers in final $3.68 million budget

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 17, 2014, at 6:21 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine – Two part-time clerks and a firefighter will be laid off and a police officer’s position left unfilled in a $3.68 million budget approved by the town council Monday night. Councilors passed the 2013-14 budget in a series of votes during the meeting. The vote to keep a …
A May 2013 file photo of Stearns High School.

Police say Millinocket student could be charged for incident at high school that forced security precautions

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 17, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Police said Tuesday that a student at Stearns High School might face charges for allegedly distributing a cartoon depicting violence that led school officials to lock students in classrooms as a security precaution late last week. They also are investigating whether two other students allegedly “orchestrated a …
Millinocket Town Councilor Jimmy Busque reads documents during a council meeting Monday.

Millinocket leaders reach deal with GNP on $2.24 million back tax payment

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 16, 2014, at 8:08 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders and Millinocket’s largest taxpayer agreed Monday to a deal designed to settle a $2.24 million property tax dispute and help clear the way for a $140 million pellet plant. The Town Council voted 5-0 at a special meeting to accept an agreement with Great Northern …
East Millinocket Selectman Clint Linscott

East Millinocket leaders vote to support mill owner, don’t plan to immediately file tax lien

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 16, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders voted unanimously to issue a statement of support for the local paper mill’s owner in a move that some said Monday signaled they would not support filing a lien anytime soon seeking more than $650,000 in delinquent property taxes. The Board of Selectmen voted …
A May 2013 file photo of Stearns High School.

Millinocket school officials continue to investigate incident that forced security precautions

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 16, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — School officials and police continue to investigate an incident late last week that forced Stearns High School students to be locked in their classrooms as a safety precaution, Superintendent Kenneth Smith said Monday. “We don’t have anything new and we will be checking in with the police …
 
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