Woodville man accused of selling mixed wood as cedar faces new charges

By Judy Harrison on June 24, 2015, at 6 p.m.
BANGOR | A Woodville man indicted last year for allegedly passing off mixed wood as cedar is facing new charges for similar conduct, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office. Jay R. McLaughlin, 57, was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of …

Old Town Water District customers in Bradley to see interruptions

on June 24, 2015, at 12:45 p.m.
BRADLEY, Maine — Old Town Water District will be turning off the water in Bradley from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, to make connections for the new water main on Route 178. The specific areas affected will be south of Elm Street and including Carter Woods, Rocks and Sticks …
Voters cast their vote on the nonbinding referendum on a proposed North Woods national park on Tuesday in Medway.

Medway rejects national park proposal by wide margin

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 23, 2015, at 9:24 p.m.
Residents rejected a proposed 150,000-acre North Woods national park and recreation area 252-102 in a nonbinding referendum on Tuesday. The 354 votes cast represents about 36 percent of the total 987 registered voters eligible — an impressive turnout in a non-Election Day straw poll, town Administrative Assistant …
Roger Higgins exists a voting booth after voting on the nonbinding referendum on a proposed north woods national park at the town of Medway Fire Department/ Public Works building Tuesday in Medway.

North Woods national park voting steady in Medway, officials say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 23, 2015, at 6:59 p.m.
A nonbinding referendum on a proposed North Woods national park drew 348 of 987 registered voters to the polls as of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. “That’s a lot, especially for an election like this,” Kathy Lee, town administrative assistant, said. “Normally I could have told you …

Maine attorney general’s office reviewing RSU 63 forensic audit report

By Dawn Gagnon on June 23, 2015, at 6:33 p.m.
HOLDEN | A forensic audit of the financial records of Regional School Unit 63 has been completed and is now in the hands of the Maine attorney general’s office. RSU 63 serves the towns of Holden, Eddington and Clifton. “The attorney general’s office is aware of the audit done …
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket as it appeared in this Sept. 25, 2014, file photo.

East Millinocket buys former GNP wastewater plant for $1

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 23, 2015, at 4:58 p.m.
The town owns the bankrupt Great Northern Paper Co. mill’s secondary wastewater treatment plant, and town leaders are working to replace it eventually with something more modern, officials said Tuesday. U.S. bankruptcy judge Peter Cary granted a motion from bankruptcy trustee Pasquale “Pat” Perrino allowing the …
Ryan Cole

Ryan Cole of Hampden earns Eagle Scout

on June 23, 2015, at 3:32 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Ryan M. Cole of Boy Scout Troop 41 and the youngest son of David and Clare Cole of Hampden, was honored on March 22 for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. For Ryan’s Eagle community service project, he organized the construction of a 16-by-65-foot bridge over Reeds Brook …
Maine State House, May 8, 2013.

Maine Senate rejects bill that targeted Cate Street loan manipulation

By Christopher Cousins on June 23, 2015, at 2:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill that was designed to beef up scrutiny of loans and business incentives using taxpayer dollars in the New Markets Capital Investment program suffered defeat Tuesday when the Senate voted 19-15 against it. Majority Republicans opposed the bill. The Senate vote contradicts a 100-43 vote in …

Turkey supper at Frankfort church

on June 23, 2015, at 12 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, 2015 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Frankfort Congregational Church, Route 1A South, Frankfort, Maine FRANKFORT, Maine — An all-you-can-eat turkey supper will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Frankfort Congregational Church, Route 1A South. The menu will include turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, peas, pies, …

Chili’s Give Back Night Raises Money For New Playground at KidsPeace

By Carlie James on June 23, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Chili’s Bar and Grill, 638 Stillwater Avenue, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-664-1261; KidsPeace is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities across the United States. The KidsPeace Campus …

Emera plans electric service interruption in Bangor

on June 23, 2015, at 10:50 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Emera Maine crews will do maintenance on the electrical system in parts of Bangor beginning midnight Monday, June 29, and through 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 30. Areas affected include 10, 20, 23, 24, 27, 29 and 30, Franklin St.; 73 Hammond St.; and 6, 16, 30, 32, 34, …
Town Manager Ron Weatherbee listens to a town employee in his office on June 3 in Lincoln.

Lincoln close to selling tax-acquired mobile home park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 22, 2015, at 4:45 p.m.
Town leaders hope to relieve themselves of a mobile home park acquired in a tax foreclosure by selling it to an Ellsworth company for about $35,000, Town Manager Ron Weatherbee said Monday. Weatherbee described the Ellsworth firm by saying it “has had some past experience in the …
Selectmen Rob Farrington (from left) and Darrell Lyons listen to the school board during a meeting at the Medway town office on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The Board of Selectmen already endorses the national park proposal but members said their endorsement did not speak for residents.

Medway gearing up for national park straw vote on Tuesday

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 22, 2015, at 3:37 p.m.
Voters will take a stance on a proposed north woods national park and recreation area in a nonbinding referendum on Tuesday, June 23. The election will be held at the Medway fire station, 23 Grindstone Road, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Board of Selectmen endorses …
Kenneth Smith

AOS 81 hires interim superintendent

By Dawn Gagnon on June 20, 2015, at 5:57 a.m.
HOLDEN | A school unit that serves students from seven towns in Penobscot and Hancock counties has chosen an interim superintendent. Kenneth Smith of Islesboro, who has a long history of leading Maine schools, officially will assume his new position July 1, Rusty Gagnon, board chairman of Alternative Organizational …
Signs against the proposed north woods national park dominated the East Millinocket town green on Main Street on Friday.

Stolen signs, hard feelings mar national park issue

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 19, 2015, at 7:40 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Those who support efforts to create a national park in the Katahdin region say about 70 pro-park campaign signs have been stolen from front yards and disappeared alongside area roads in the last three weeks. At least half a dozen anti-park signs also have gone missing, …
Katahdin region residents look on during a national park debate at Schenck High School of East Millinocket on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Selectmen met on Friday and agreed to change the town's vote on the proposed park.

East Millinocket national park vote rescheduled to June 29

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 19, 2015, at 3:10 p.m.
A clerical error has forced town leaders to reschedule a nonbinding vote gauging whether residents support a proposed north woods national park, officials said Friday. The vote will be held Monday, June 29. The misstatement of a date on a town warrant forced the rescheduling of …
Park proponent Joe Pratt of Sherman listens intently to the national park debate at Schenck High School of East Millinocket Thursday, June 18.

Proposed national park supporters, foes debate in East Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 18, 2015, at 9:54 p.m.
To its fans, the proposed 150,000-acre national park can help revitalize the Katahdin region.To its foes, the park is a long-dreaded job-killer. About 175 regional residents attended a debate over the proposal from Roxanne Quimby family scion Lucas St. Clair. The town-sponsored debate followed an anti-park …
Lincoln businessman Tom Gardner points illustrates some of his land holdings as he speaks at an anti-national park rally Thursday, June 18.

224 businesses come out against Katahdin-region national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 18, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
MEDWAY | Opponents of a proposed 150,000-acre national park and recreation area east of Baxter State Park held a rally Thursday, during which they presented a list of 224 businesses directly employing more than 3,900 people that don’t want to see the plan realized. Possibly the strongest single display …

Lawnmower theft sparks reward offer from Lincoln Sears

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 18, 2015, at 2:20 p.m.
The owner of a Sears outlet on West Broadway offered a $100 reward Thursday for information leading to the return of a stolen riding lawnmower worth $1,900, officials said. Store owner Alan Susee said thefts like these do considerable damage to small independent stores like his. Besides …

Free community supper June 26

on June 17, 2015, at 10:14 p.m.
Friday, June 26, 2015 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: St. James Episcopal Church, Corner of Main and Center, Old Town, Maine OLD TOWN, Maine — St. James’ Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Main and Center Streets in Old Town, will host a free Community Supper at 6 …
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