Chris Soper's song, titled “Small Town America,” speaks to Soper’s feelings about the way he and his family and friends in the Bucksport area were treated by the company that owns the mill.

Local songwriter pens tribute for displaced Verso Paper millworkers

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 12, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
When Bucksport resident Chris Soper heard the news in October that the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport would close by the end of the year, he had the same reaction that most people had: shock, anger and sadness. “I was angry, of course,” said Soper, who is a lobster fisherman …
Soy candles are seen at Creatively Maine, one of four pop-up stores in downtown Bucksport.

‘We believe in Bucksport’: Pop-up shops take root for the holidays

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:46 a.m.
“We believe in Bucksport.” That’s the message on posters that plaster Main Street windows in the Penobscot River town struggling with the news its primary employer, Verso Paper, will be shutting down shortly, putting as many as 500 employees out of work. Local officials and residents want …

Parking efforts gone wrong in Bar Harbor attract online audience

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
For a state like Maine, which has a handful of small cities but is predominantly rural, you wouldn’t think parking would be a problem. And throughout most of the state, it’s not. There are hundreds of mostly-small towns in Maine, not to mention unorganized territories, where people don’t have to think …
The Verso Paper mill is seen in Bucksport Tuesday. Union officials are afraid that the sale of mill to a Canadian metal recycling company means the end of papermaking at the mill. Democrats and Republicans have allied to ensure Verso pays severance to millworkers by Jan. 8.

Democrats, Republicans ally to ensure Verso pays severance to Bucksport millworkers

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 11, 2014, at 6:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | State officials from across the political spectrum are lining up on the side of more than 500 workers at the Verso paper mill in Bucksport, who are locked in a fight with the owner of the soon-to-be shuttered facility over severance packages worth up to $45 million. …

Ellsworth man charged with elevated aggravated assault in domestic altercation

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 11, 2014, at 5:21 p.m.
A local man is being held in jail on a charge of elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence terrorizing after officers responded to an altercation at a Mariaville Road home Wednesday night, according to local police. Correy Goode, 25, was arrested late Wednesday after three officers with …

Suspect nabbed in 2012 Ellsworth pharmacy robbery

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 11, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
Two years and four months after a local pharmacy was robbed of prescription drugs, local police have made an arrest in the case. Nicholas P. St. Louis, 32, of Otis was arrested Monday on charges of robbery and stealing drugs, according to Ellsworth police Detective Dotty Small. …
The Verso Paper mill as seen on Tuesday in Bucksport.

‘This mill has always seemed to be the survivor’: Bucksport officials absorb news of mill’s demise

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 10, 2014, at 6:34 p.m.
Officials with the company looking to buy the Verso Paper mill aren’t revealing their intentions, but a town official said Wednesday that it looks like the era of papermaking in Bucksport is over. Derek Goodine, Bucksport’s town manager, said he and other town officials met for about …
Larry Orcutt (right) tees off while playing golf with Jack Austin at the Bucksport Golf Club.

Auction of Bucksport Golf Club called off for lack of acceptable bid

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 10, 2014, at 5:16 p.m.
There were two bids placed Wednesday to purchase the Bucksport Golf Club, a nine-hole course up for auction as part of an arbitration agreement between the owners, but neither bid came close to the lowest acceptable amount, one owner said. “The auction was called off because there …

State trooper who shot man during Ellsworth standoff justified in using deadly force

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 10, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
A state police trooper who shot a man during an armed standoff in June has been justified in utilizing deadly force, the Maine attorney general’s office announced Wednesday. Trooper Scott Duff shot 50-year old Jeffrey Barnard of Ellsworth after an overnight standoff in which gunfire was exchanged, …

Bucksport face uncertain future after mill sold to Canadian recycling company

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 09, 2014, at 7:24 p.m.
Bucksport residents react to the news that Verso Paper mill was recently sold to a Canadian metal recycling company.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage opposes Bucksport mill sale, but what can a governor do?

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 09, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage’s office is looking for a way to prevent Verso Paper from selling its Bucksport mill to the Canadian metal recycling firm American Iron and Metal Co., but it’s unclear what leverage the state’s leader will have in that fight. Nevertheless, Adrienne Bennett, LePage’s press …
The Verso Paper mill in Bucksport has been sold to a Canadian company that last year purchased and demolished another Verso property in Minnesota.

Verso sale leaves papermakers uneasy about Bucksport mill’s future

By Abigail Curtis and Darren Fishell on Dec. 09, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
Union officials are fearful the sale of Verso Paper’s Bucksport mill to a Canadian metal recycling company means the end of papermaking at the mill, which opened in 1930 and shut down its last paper machine Sunday. “I’m a lot less optimistic today than I was last …
A truck traverses the Maine Turnpike in Sabattus on Tuesday where the speed limit was down to 45 mph.

Snow, freezing rain, sleet moves into Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 09, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
GRAY | Maine is in the midst of yet another storm, expected to bring up to a foot of snow to some communities, according to the National Weather Service. The bulk of the snow was expected to fall in northern and western Maine. Sleet, rain and freezing rain also …
The Verso Paper mill in Bucksport.

Verso to sell Bucksport mill for $60 million to recycling firm that liquidated Minnesota mill

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 08, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
Verso Paper has reached an agreement to sell its Bucksport mill and related power generation assets to a subsidiary of the Montreal-based American Iron and Metal in January for about $60 million. Verso reached the sale agreement Friday and disclosed the sale in a filing Monday with …
Michael W. Clark

Accused ringleader of Bucksport-area drug dealing group indicted

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 08, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | An Orland man who police say oversaw a major prescription drug distribution ring in the Bucksport area was one of 16 people indicted last week in Hancock County. Michael W. Clark, 29, was indicted Dec. 4 on one Class A charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs …
Many people pay their respects to Brandon Higgins during a memorial Sunday for Higgins at Deer Isle-Stonington High School in Deer Isle.

Brooklin teen who died of brain tumor remembered for sense of humor

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 07, 2014, at 5:07 p.m.
DEER ISLE | For two hours, laughter and tears filled the gymnasium at the local high school Sunday afternoon. In keeping with the relatively short life of Brandon Higgins, who died last week of a brain tumor at the age of 19, there was more laughter than tears. More …

Two men indicted in Hancock County in connection with supermarket pharmacy robbery

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 07, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Two men accused of being involved in a robbery last spring at an Ellsworth supermarket were among 16 people indicted last week by the Hancock County grand jury. Curtis D. Knudsen, 23, of Gouldsboro and Michael E. Robbins, 23, of Sorrento each were indicted Dec. 4 on …
Mike's Country Store in Ellsworth was established in 1897 and closed in 2014.

After more than 100 years of business in Ellsworth, family-owned general store closes

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 06, 2014, at 1:10 p.m.
After more than 100 years of doing business under ownership by one family, a local store on Water Street has closed its doors and sold off its inventory. But there might be new life ahead for Mike’s Country Store, which was run by several generations of the …
The Festival of Lights parade makes it's way down Main Street  in Bangor in this December 2013 file photo. The parade has been cancelled this year.

Bangor, Ellsworth holiday parades canceled because of weather

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 05, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
Holiday parades in Bangor and Ellsworth have been cancelled because of icy weather forecast for Saturday. Neither parade has been rescheduled. “We’re just not going to do one this year and I’m so sorry. People have put so much work into the floats and everything,” Barbara McDade, …
From the community

Model Railroad Club to have working train display at Woodlawn

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 05, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: …
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