Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 

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 …

Lincoln council to weigh hiring interim town manager, reinstating cut firefighter’s position

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 10, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Town leaders will discuss replacing departing Town Manager William Lawrence and hiring back a firefighter laid off during the town’s latest budget deliberations when they meet Monday, officials said Thursday. Town Council Chairman Steve Clay said he has two candidates in mind to temporarily replace Lawrence as …
The Katahdin Avenue industrial park in Millinocket is a shell of what it was in this picture taken on May 4, 2014.

Great Northern Paper auctioneer misses Millinocket tax payment for second day

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 09, 2014, at 6:17 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The auctioneer paying Great Northern Paper Co.’s property-tax debt to the town has apparently missed a payment deadline for the second straight day, officials said Wednesday. Town Manager Peggy Daigle and Town Council member Michael Madore said the town had not been wired the $340,000 in property …
School Superintendent Quenten Clark (with microphone) answers a question from Budget Committee member Cathy King during East Millinocket's annual town meeting on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

GNP tax non-payment, state-aid cuts make East Millinocket finances grim

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 09, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders continue to make budget cuts, but taxpayers will likely face a large property tax increase unless Great Northern Paper Co. LLC pays its overdue property taxes, officials said Wednesday. The East Millinocket School Committee has so far made about $152,000 in cuts to its …
East Millinocket residents Brayden Gagnon, 2, [center] and Jordan Gagnon, 4, sit with their mother Laura King during the East Millinocket SummerFest 2011.

Despite mill shutdown, East Millinocket volunteers make SummerFest work

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 09, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Kelly Willigar and Kim Marston were about to call it quits. The co-organizers of the East Millinocket SummerFest 2014 went before the Board of Selectmen in mid-March to report that they just didn’t have the time, energy or especially the money to put on the four-day, …
Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle

Great Northern Paper auctioneer misses another tax payment deadline

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 08, 2014, at 8:13 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The auctioneer hired by Great Northern Paper did not pay Millinocket the $340,000 in property taxes GNP owed Tuesday as part of a payment-by-installment plan, Town Manager Peggy Daigle said. As of 6 p.m., the town had not received the second payment of four promised by the …
Aaron McCluskey of Millinocket welds a manifold during recent work at Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc.

Century-old Millinocket foundry to replace penstocks for 2 Brookfield dams

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 08, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — One of Millinocket’s oldest businesses was awarded the job to replace penstocks to two dams with new technology, a decision made by Brookfield Renewable Power, officials to the energy company said Tuesday. Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc. will build more than 700 feet of 11-foot diameter penstock …

Brewer man dies after his van strikes moose on Interstate 95

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 08, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
HOWLAND, Maine — A Brewer man died on Interstate 95 in Howland at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday in the first fatal moose-vehicle collision of 2014, state police said. Sydney Oakes, 60, died at the scene after his Dodge Grand Caravan struck a moose as he drove in the southbound …
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.

Great Northern Paper Co. real estate liens among 304 sought by Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 07, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — With $12,585 in unpaid real estate taxes overdue, Great Northern Paper Co. LLC is among property owners that the town has pressed 304 real estate tax liens against, officials said Monday. The 304 liens were filed July 3, said Tax Collector Lorene Cyr, who did not have …

Lincoln driver charged after driving pickup truck into convenience store wall

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 07, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — A Lincoln man was issued a summons on Saturday after he accidentally drove his pickup truck into the side of a convenience store on West Broadway and then left the scene, police said Monday. Ollie Faulkner, 51, of Lincoln was summoned Saturday afternoon for leaving the scene …

Lincoln man charged with assault after fight over either fishing in rain or custody dispute

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 07, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — A Lincoln man is due in court in September after police issued a summons in connection with a fight in which another man suffered a broken leg, police said Monday. Steven Laurson, 39, of Lincoln was issued a summons for Class D assault, a misdemeanor, for a …
A May 2013 file photo of Stearns High School.

Student issued summons for allegedly distributing cartoon that spurred lockdown at Millinocket high school

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 03, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — A 14-year-old junior high school student will be referred to juvenile authorities after police issued her a summons for allegedly distributing a cartoon that led Stearns High School officials to lock down classrooms last month, police said Thursday. The student, who was not identified because she is …

‘These guys give capitalism a bad name’: Millinocket blasts GNP, gets payment of $225,000

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 03, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders agreed to a four-step installment plan and received $225,000 of Great Northern Paper Co.’s $1.18 million in overdue personal property taxes on Thursday. The Town Council voted 5-2 during a special meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday to accept the amended payment plan that promised the …

Medway voters shoot down school bookkeeper post

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 02, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
In the second town meeting held this year, Medway voters cut the school board budget by $65,000 to eliminate a position that they said was unnecessary.
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A resident speaks out during a town meeting on Monday at Medway Middle School in Medway.

Medway school leaders cut bookkeeper position after second town meeting this year

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 02, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
MEDWAY, Maine — School leaders will not hire a business manager-grant writer or dip deeper into the system’s reserve account after residents rejected those options at the second town meeting held this year, officials said Wednesday. Residents voted 53-44 during the second meeting on Monday to reduce the system’s administrative …
Lincoln Town Council Chairman Steve Clay listens and Town Manager William Lawrence speaks during a council meeting on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Lawrence to resign as Lincoln’s town manager, will take Florida job

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 02, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Town Manager William Lawrence will resign effective July 11 to take a municipal government job in Florida, he said Wednesday. Lawrence, 58, said the job in Florida, which he declined to describe, was difficult to resist. He had hopes of retiring in Florida, where his wife’s family …
Age and the work done by excavators is apparent at the Great Northern Paper Co. LLC site in Millinocket as seen on June 16.

‘Tired of being pushed around,’ Millinocket sets property-tax deadline for Great Northern Paper

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 30, 2014, at 6:13 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders said Monday that Great Northern Paper Co. has until 2 p.m. Thursday to pay its $1.18 million net personal property tax bill or they will re-apply a lien to the company’s papermaking equipment. Saying they were tired of waiting for the check, Town Council members …
Millinocket School Committee member Kevin Gregory discusses closing Granite Street School during a meeting at Stearns High School on May 28, 2014.

Millinocket schools to welcome new superintendent, face drastic budget cuts

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 30, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — School leaders will welcome their new superintendent, push for closing Granite Street School next year and hope to finish their 2014-15 school budget when they meet Tuesday, officials said. New Superintendent Frank Boynton will replace departing Superintendent Kenneth Smith and attend his first meeting at 4 p.m. …
 
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