Millinocket workers fix the town office roof Wednesday evening.

Consultant’s report criticizing Millinocket is accurate, some residents, businesspeople say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 15, 2015, at 5:35 a.m.
Amy Collinsworth is a Millinocket resident and lifelong fan of the town known as the Magic City for the speed with which it was built in the Maine woods more than a century ago. A Stearns High School graduate, former basketball team captain and organizer of a …
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Dog owners reminded licensing dogs after Jan. 31 means late fee

on Jan. 14, 2015, at 12:04 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Dog owners in Maine are required to license their dogs by Dec. 31 of each year, but there is a 31-day grace period after that date for owners to complete the licensing process without incurring a late fee. That grace period ends Jan. 31, after which a $25 late fee will …
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Service of Light in honor of MLK to feature Rev. Anthony Lewis

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 14, 2015, at 11:29 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 225 French St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-947-0156 BANGOR, Maine — St. John’s Episcopal Church, All Souls Congregational Church and the Destiny Worship Center will hold a combined Service of Light in honor of Martin Luther …
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Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Jan. 19 at UM

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 14, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — Wabanaki reconciliation will be the focus of a keynote address at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Jan. 19, sponsored by the Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the University of Maine. Doors open at 8 a.m. in UMaine’s Wells Conference Center. Tickets are $20; $12.50 for children 12 and …

$848,000 federal grant to connect rural health care providers in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 14, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
CARIBOU | Cary Medical Center will use more than $800,000 in federal grant money to connect 10 Maine hospitals in five counties in a health collaborative aimed at improving rural health services. Staff with the 10 hospitals that serve about a quarter million people from Bangor to Fort Kent …
CZB Associates of Virginia wants Millinocket to undertake an aggressive beautification program in its downtown.

‘You have to improve your attitude,’ economic adviser tells Millinocket in open letter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 13, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
Millinocket needs to increase taxes, beautify itself, consolidate schools, aggressively seek grants and create a regional economic development strategy based on open public land and tourism if it is ever going to thrive in the 21st century, according to an open letter from a Virginia-based economic development …

Newport man arrested in connection with burglary of public works garage

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 13, 2015, at 10:22 a.m.
A Newport man is facing multiple charges in connection with a burglary at the town’s public works garage, according to police. Matthew Cowette, 29, was arrested on Monday at his residence, according to Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid. Macdaid said the public works garage was burglarized on …

Residents of Mattawamkeag reject proposed medical marijuana facility

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 13, 2015, at 5:50 a.m.
It would have generated for their town $69,000 and rid the town of a potential eyesore, but residents rejected selling the former Dr. Carl Troutt School building.
Residents voted  to reject a proposal to turn the former Dr. Carl Troutt School into a medical marijuana dispensary during a special town meeting on Monday.

Plan to turn former school into medical marijuana dispensary rejected in Mattawamkeag

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 12, 2015, at 8:38 p.m.
Mattawamkeag will not be known as “Pot Town.” Residents voted 52-22 at a special town meeting Monday night to reject a tentatively agreed upon proposal from a Lebanon-based company to buy the former Dr. Carl Troutt School for $69,000 and turn it into a medical marijuana dispensary. …
Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle

Millinocket facing harsh cuts in next year’s budget to keep taxes down, officials say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 12, 2015, at 3:50 p.m.
Three Town Council members would love to see Millinocket property taxes unchanged next fiscal year. Two others want to see the property tax rate reduced to $27 per $1,000 in assessed valuation. And nobody wants property taxes to increase. Town Manager Peggy Daigle asked councilors to set …
 Emergency response personnel assist a woman inside a 2003 Ford Explorer on Monday morning after slick road conditions caused it to slide off Washington Junction Road in the town of Hancock. The vehicle was demolished but the woman driving it, her pregnant daughter and the driver's 4-year-old granddaughter all emerged without a scratch, according to the Hancock County Deputy Sheriff Jeff McFarland. Bill Trotter|BDN

Wind chill advisory issued for northern Maine when snow ends

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 12, 2015, at 2:37 p.m.
CARIBOU | A storm system moving across the state Monday was producing light snow that made for slick driving conditions. Up to 5 inches of snow was expected in Aroostook County by the time the front leaves the state Monday night, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast …
The site of this morning's crash in Molunkus.

Man escapes serious injury in Molunkus crash

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 11, 2015, at 1:49 p.m.
A 29-year-old man escaped serious injury after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed on Route 2 in Molunkus on Saturday. According to Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall, deputies determined that Cody M. Bean was driving a silver 2002 Ford Ranger northbound while on his way …
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Old Town Elks Club ‘Extravaganza Sale’ vendors, crafters, yard sale

By rosalie countryman on Jan. 11, 2015, at 11:27 a.m.
Saturday, March 21, 2015 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Old Town Elks Club Craft, Vendor and Yard Sale Extravaganza, 290 Fourth Street, Old Town, Maine For more information: OLD TOWN, Maine — Old Town Elks Club “Extravaganza Sale” Vendors, Crafters & Yard Sale March 21st 9am to 3pm …
This public art installation will be anchored in the Kenduskeag Stream in downtown Bangor this summer as part of an exhibition by artist Anna Hepler of Eastport. The artist is considering changing the design of the floating sculpture.

Artist may consider design changes to proposed Kenduskeag Stream floating sculpture

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 11, 2015, at 7:08 a.m.
BANGOR | Bangor city councilors will decide Monday night whether to provide a new grant to help fund a proposed floating piece of art in the Kenduskeag Stream that has generated some visceral — and vulgar — reactions. “It’s just a proposal, so it’s very likely that the final …
Duane Lugdon, United Steelworkers Union international representative for Maine, stands outside the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after a bankruptcy judge approved the sale of the Old Town mill to Wisconsin-based Expera Speciality Solutions.

‘We’re still here’: In trying times, union man becomes voice for millworkers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 10, 2015, at 5:54 a.m.
OLD TOWN | Like many of his classmates in 1972, Duane Lugdon graduated from Penobscot Valley High School in Howland, got a job at the Old Town paper mill and punched his union card. Being a millworker in the 1970s not only paid well, it provided workers with a …
Millinocket Town Councilor John Raymond [left], explains a map with assistance from Councilor Michael Madore during a Town Council meeting August 2011.

Millinocket leaders to work with national park advocate to revive ATV trail agreement

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 09, 2015, at 5:38 p.m.
Town leaders will be working with leading national park proponent Lucas St. Clair to resurrect a 2007 land-use agreement with Roxanne Quimby that would expand the Katahdin region’s multiuse recreational trail network, officials said Friday. Former Town Councilor John Raymond and fellow ATV trail network organizer Paul …
The former Dr. Carl Troutt School of Mattawamkeag as seen on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

Closed school, named after doctor, may house medical marijuana grower

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 09, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
MATTAWAMKEAG | A medical marijuana grower has tentatively agreed to buy the former Dr. Carl Troutt School for $69,000, a deal residents will review at a special town meeting on Monday night, officials said this week. Vicki Stanley, a broker for United Country McPhail Realty of Lincoln representing the …
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Community Public Forum
Monday, Jan. 26

Walk, Bike, and Wheelchair Public Forum, Daytime Session

By walkn roll on Jan. 09, 2015, at 9:39 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Bangor City Hall, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 73 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-992-4466; Do you struggle with getting around Bangor on foot or bike? Is your walker or wheelchair forced off the sidewalk and into the …
Maine State Police were called after a two-car accident on Interstate 95 in Bangor early Thursday morning.

I-95 accident near I-395 interchange snarls traffic

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 08, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
BANGOR | Slippery ramp conditions were a factor in a collision that snarled traffic on Interstate 95 on Thursday morning, Maine State Police said. Sherrie House of Dixmont was merging onto the interstate’s southbound lanes from I-395 when she lost control on the slick onramp and collided with a …
The Millinocket Post Office is reflected in the window of an empty storefront in downtown Millinocket, one of several properties that the Millinocket Downtown Revitalization Committee would eventually hope to see improved.

Millinocket business group working to revitalize downtown

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 08, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.
Pursuit of grants, private donations and blight removal are among the goals set by the Millinocket Downtown Revitalization Committee as it begins fundraising efforts for three downtown repair projects, its chairwoman said Thursday. “The idea is to have visible projects that we complete so that visitors would …
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