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The wool-like waxy filaments lining the underside of this hemlock branch contain maturing hemlock woolly adelgids, an inspect pest gradually extending its range along the Maine coast.

Predatory insect threatens hemlock trees in Maine

By Dale McGarrigle, Special Sections Writer on Oct. 25, 2012, at 2:29 p.m.
A tiny insect is working its way up the Maine coast and is threatening hemlock trees along the way. Since 1999 in this state, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid has set up its home on the new growth of hemlock, feeding off such trees and harming their vitality in the process. …
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Mike Brasslett is the owner of Quality Saw and Supply, located in West Enfield. The company sells and services saw blades, large diameter knives, grounding knives, and other items used in the forest-products industry.

Quality Saw: A sharp focus on wood

By Debra Bell, Special Sections Writer on Oct. 25, 2012, at 2:16 p.m.
Trees may be the heart of the forest products industry, but it’s the saw blades and chipper knives used in harvesting and preparing the wood for sale that brings the forest to the consumer. That’s where Quality Saw and Supply comes into play. Quality Saw and Supply is a retail …
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Stanley McDevitt (left) is the chief mechanic for Eliott Jordan & Son of Waltham. His son, Justin McDevitt (right), also works in the shop as a mechanic.

Keep the equipment running

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 11:59 a.m.
There probably isn’t anything that Stanley McDevitt can’t fix relating to logging — and probably almost everything else mechanical, too. When his employer, Waltham-based Elliott Jordan & Son Inc., needed its bridge over the Bog River in Eastbrook redecked, McDevitt set up near the bridge a portable sawmill that he …
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Adam Peters of Lee has worked 12 years for Chester-based Treeline Inc. At a harvest site in Orneville, he used a 2003 Serco 270 log loader to load tree-length logs onto truck trailers.

The woods are where he wants to be

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 11:51 a.m.
Twelve years after joining Treeline Inc. as an equipment operator, Adam Peters of Lee looks forward to working in the woods every day. “My alarm is set for 2:40 a.m.,” he says during a break from operating a 2003 Serco 270 load loader mounted on a Ford L8000 truck. The …
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Arthur LaPlante of Howland has worked 18 years for Chester-based Treeline Inc. On this particular day, he waits as crane operator Adam Peters loads LaPlante's 1999 Freightliner with high-grade logs being sent to Chester

Log truck often faces a long haul

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 11:48 a.m.
For truck driver Arthur LaPlante of Howland, the longest haul of the day could be the first haul of the day. Employed by Chester-based Treeline Inc., LaPlante drives a 1999 Freightliner as he hauls logs and pulpwood to various destinations. On a brilliant late September morning, he chats about his …
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Lincoln Paper & Tissue manufactures pulp, paper, and tissue at a large complex on Mattanawcook Stream in Lincoln. Investors purchased and restarted the mill after its 2004 closure; today the company employs almost 400 people.

Lincoln company makes paper and tissue products

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 11:43 a.m.
LINCOLN — What a difference 8½ years make in this Penobscot Valley town, where the local economy took a devastating hit after bankruptcy led the Eastern Pulp & Paper Corp. to close its Brewer and Lincoln mills in January 2004. Fast forward to September 2012: The local economy is humming, …
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Duane Jordan stands beside a loaded log truck parked in the yard of his Waltham-based company, Elliott Jordan & Son. The company was started by Jordan's grandfather and then owned by his father, Marshal, before he took the reins in the 1980s.

Contractor has logging in his veins

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 8:36 a.m.
EASTBROOK — On a quiet weekday morning, Waltham logging contractor Duane Jordan sits by a window and eats his breakfast as traffic whizzes past the Eastbrook Store on Route 200. The store’s a popular local gathering place most mornings; today, long after his work day began, Jordan chats with acquaintances …
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Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary for Rural Development (right), talks to George Soffron the president and CEO of Corith Wood Pellets company in February 2012.  Under Secretary Tonsager was visiting Maine to meet with pellet maufacturers in the state and to discuss issues that concern the industry and about the energy future of Maine.

Demand for home-grown fuel spurs industry

By Sheila Grant on Oct. 25, 2012, at 8:29 a.m.
A home-grown fuel is helping reduce Maine heating costs. According to the Maine Pellet Fuels Association, purchasing Maine-made wood pellets is less expensive than buying heating oil and keeps more dollars working in the local economy. “Pellets are nearing the tipping point in terms of consumer recognition and rate of …
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Bob Bethune of Howland steers a 2006 Western Star towing a Stairs Log Trailer as he approaches a Treeline Inc. harvesting operation in Orneville. Bethune is the operations manager for Treeline.

Mechanical problems are all in a day’s work in the Maine woods

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 8:25 a.m.
The day’s not going entirely well for Bob Bethune, operations manager for Treeline Inc. At a 100-acre harvest site near Boyd Lake in Orneville, the boom busted on a John Deere 2054 delimber; replacing the boom will take time and will cost lost production. But it’s all in a day’s …
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Brian Mack of Howland sits at the controls of a John Deere 753 feller-buncher equipped with a 22-inch Gilbert cutting head. He is cutting trees for Treeline Inc. at an Orville harvest site.

On the job by 4 a.m.

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Oct. 25, 2012, at 8:23 a.m.
The racket rising somewhere beyond the trees reveals where Brian Mack works on this glorious September morning. Seated in the cab of a John Deere 753 feller-buncher equipped with a 22-inch Gilbert cutting head, Mack is harvesting and stacking trees on a 100-acre Treeline Inc. harvest site about a mile …
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Northeast Shrine Association Field Days set for Sept. 14-15 in Bangor

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on Sept. 07, 2012, at 1:20 p.m.
The 2012 Northeast Shrine Association Field Days will feature several events open to the public. A Clown-A-Rama hosted by the Anah Shrine Clown Unit. This event will take place at the Bangor Mall Center Court from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14. Admission is free. • 10-10:30 a.m.: Single and …
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The Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass. treats children with orthopedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and cleft lips and palates.

Shriners Hospitals for Children offer highest quality medical care

By Contributed Article on Sept. 07, 2012, at 10:37 a.m.
During the Northeastern Shrine Association Field Days set to take place Sept. 13-15 in Bangor, thousands of Shriners will converge on the Queen City from as far away as Connecticut, Newfoundland, Ontario, and Vermont. These Shriners all have a heart-warming story to tell: the story of the Shriners Hospitals for …
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Anthony “Tony” Bowers

Anah Shrine potentate is the the Northeast Shrine Association president

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on Sept. 07, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.
Anthony “Tony” Bowers is the 2012 Anah Shrine Potentate. Born in Island Falls in 1958, he graduated from Katahdin High School in 1977 and attended the University of Maine at Farmington from 1977 to 1979. After moving to Long Beach, Calif., Tony received a degree in mortuary science from Cyprus …
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After undergoing surgery at age 23 months at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass., 16-year-old Mariah Ross of Liberty has received at least 12 prosthetic legs designed, built and fitted by technicians at the hospital. Mariah is a junior at Mount View High School in Thorndike, where she is a varsity cheerleader. According to her mother, Nicole Ross, the Shrine has paid for all of Mariah’s medical care and also covered many travel expenses related to that care.

Mariah Ross leads an active life with prosthetic leg provided by Shrine hospital

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on Sept. 07, 2012, at 10:17 a.m.
For 16-year-old Mariah Ross of Liberty, a nurse practitioner’s referral made more than 15 years ago changed her life forever — and for the better. Mariah “was born with the bone between her knee and ankle [in her right leg] being shorter than the [same] bone in her left leg,” …
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Held by his father, Derrick Chandler, 2-year-old Peyton Chandler of Mapleton would rather be playing as he poses with his mother, Janie Chandler, and his 5-year-old brother, Ryder. Born with a cleft lip and palate, Peyton has been treated at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass. since he was 6 weeks old.

Team of Shrine hospital specialists is dedicated to the medical care of 2-year-old Peyton Chandler

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on Sept. 07, 2012, at 10:03 a.m.
Not long after Peyton Chandler was born in Presque Isle on May 5, 2010, a Shrine clown called his parents, Janie and Derrick Chandler of Mapleton. That phone call made all the difference for Peyton, who was born with a cleft lip and palate. Mapleton resident Peter Burlock had heard …
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Jenna Colson, 7, of Birch Harbor poses with her collection of prosthetic legs, including one in her hands from when she was a baby. Colson was three months old when she had her leg amputated because of a medical condition. She was sponsored by a Shriner and was able to utilize the Shrine hospital where she continues to receive medical care for no out-of-pocket cost.

Birch Harbor girl enjoys an active life due to the Shriners Hospital

By Debra Bell, Custom Publications Writer on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:58 a.m.
Not many girls can claim to have some of the most stylish legs in town, but Birch Harbor resident Jenna Colson can. In fact, she has 10 of them. That’s because when Jenna, now 7, was born it didn’t take nurses long to realize one of her legs was shorter …
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An old barn has stood on a hill alongside Route 1A in Winterport for some 150 years. This classic view of the barn does not reveal its significant structural deterioration; however, a Texas couple has purchased the farm and has started restoring the barn.

Texas businessman gives new life to old Winterport barn

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:48 a.m.
The landmark has loomed over the outskirts of Winterport for more years than most people can remember. South of town on Route 1A, the old barn up on the hill, across from the apple orchard, has been deteriorating for years — until a Texas man decided to restore it to …
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Kyle McKim of Trenton was born with a genetic disorder that left him without a tibia in his left leg. His parents, Tony (left) and Wendy McKim, took Kyle to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass., where doctors amputated his left leg when he was 1 year old. As Kyle grew, Shrine hospital specialists fitted him for prosthetic legs, and he started playing basketball when in the third grade. Kyle also played varsity sports at Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor.

Shrine medical care helped Kyle McKim overcome disability

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:44 a.m.
When Kyle McKim of Trenton was born in Ellsworth in 1993, a future in athletics seemed inconceivable — but with the excellent medical care he received at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass., he played three varsity sports in high school. Kyle was born in 1993 with an …
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When fraternal twins Brittany and Stacia Caron (second and third from left) were born in January 1993, doctors soon determined that Stacia suffered from a rare genetic disorder that affected her hands and feet. After an Anah Shriner sponsored Stacia to be evaluated at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass., she was initially seen there in July 1993. The remarkable Shrine medical care that Stacia has received since then has let her enjoy a busy life at school and with her family, including her father and mother, Steve and Bobbie-Jo Caron, and her younger sister, Madalyn. The family recently posed with Stacia’s black-and-white paint, C-J.

Shriners Hospital for Children staff became like family for Stacia Caron

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:37 a.m.
When Bobbie-Jo Caron of Chapman gave birth to fraternal twin daughters Brittany and Stacia “seven weeks early” on Jan. 25, 1993, “a doctor said there was a problem” with Baby B, Bobbie-Jo said. “We weren’t certain what her diagnosis was.” After consulting with geneticists and pediatricians, Bobbie-Jo and her husband, …
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Craig Clifford of Haynesville joined the Anah Shrine in 1994, some 27 years after an initial surgery on his legs at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass. The Shrine-provided medical care allowed Clifford to walk with crutches rather than be confined to a wheelchair. Today he drives the ramp truck for the Anah Go Karts and manages the Northern Division terminal for Magoon's Transportation and Energy.

Shrine hospital care kept Craig Clifford out of a wheelchair

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:31 a.m.
When he’s not managing the Northern Division terminal for Magoon’s Transportation and Energy or relaxing at the Haynesville home that he shares with his mother, Althea Clifford, and girlfriend, Netti Watrous, Craig Clifford travels a lot in the summer. He’s here, there, and everywhere with the Anah Go Karts, an …
 
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