Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau


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 …
Brenda Kielty

State official reviewing allegation that East Millinocket selectmen violated open meeting law

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 11, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
Maine’s Public Access Ombudsman is reviewing complaints from residents alleging that the Board of Selectmen violated the state’s Freedom of Access Act by taking several straw votes outside selectmen’s meetings, officials said Thursday. “I have been contacted by several individuals and asked to look at the …

Millinocket school leaders to weigh closing Granite Street School

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 10, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
Representatives of a Portland architectural firm will discuss with school leaders later this month the feasibility of closing Granite Street School, Superintendent of Schools Frank Boynton said Wednesday. Engineers from Smith Reuter Lull Architects of Portland and Bethel visited in June and July to examine the feasibility …
The Town Council faced a large crowd when it met at Mattanawcook Academy on Monday, Sept. 9, 2014.

Lincoln leaders put $1.8M road-widening project on ballot, delay town office vote

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 09, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
Town leaders have placed a $1.8 million road-widening project on the November ballot and delayed for a week the pursuit of an agreement to move the town office to Fleming Street, officials said Tuesday. The Town Council voted 7-0 on Monday to allow voters to decide Nov. …
Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle listens to a councilor during a Town Council meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

Millinocket seeks money state paid to GNP in business equipment tax reimbursement

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 08, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
Town leaders are pressing Great Northern Paper Co. LLC for part of the $831,240 the company received from the state as a personal property tax break last month to address the approximately $657,700 GNP owes the town in property taxes, an official said Monday. GNP, the town’s …
Lincoln town officials might soon move the town office from this Main Street building, as seen on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Inspection finds clogged drains, pumps contributed to mold in Lincoln town office basement

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
An environmental science firm hired to resolve a dispute between town officials and their landlord discovered clogged sump pumps and drains, standing water and “moderate” amounts of mold and fungi throughout the town office basement, according to a report released Monday. The report by CES Inc. said …
Town officials might soon move the town office from this Main Street building, as seen on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Lincoln leaders preparing to move ahead with new town office lease deal

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 03, 2014, at 4:27 p.m.
Despite the threat of a petition drive that could derail it, town leaders said Wednesday they plan to go ahead with a preliminary agreement that would put town workers in a new office building next year. A memorandum of understanding with the new landlord, which the Town …
Cassie Kunkel looks at the remains of an apartment building on Tuesday in Millinocket.

Fire that destroyed Millinocket apartment building began in tenant’s kitchen

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 02, 2014, at 6:52 p.m.
A woman frying hush puppies accidentally started a Labor Day fire that destroyed an eight-unit apartment building, leaving 14 people homeless, officials said Tuesday. Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Malcolm came away from the wreckage of the 2½-story building on Tuesday and said that the fire started in …
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 | 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.
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.
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. …
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