Returning from a cruise on Moosehead Lake, the steamship Katahdin approaches East Cove at Greenville in this August 2013 file photo.

Family’s $250,000 donation highlights steamship Katahdin’s 100th birthday celebration in Greenville

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Aug. 17, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.
A little rain couldn’t dampen the celebration of the steamship Katahdin’s 100th birthday Saturday night in Greenville as more than 200 people gathered for refreshments and tributes to the classic vessel. The real highlight of the evening, however, was a $250,000 donation from the family of the …
The steamer Twilight is sunken in the foreground while the Katahdin cruises by.

See the historic Katahdin steamship over the years

By Brian Feulner on Aug. 15, 2014, at 7:02 a.m.
This August, the steamship Katahdin celebrates 100 years afloat in Moosehead Lake. According to the Moosehead Marine Museum website, the national historic landmark was launched into the north Maine waters in Aug. 20, 1914. The “Kate,” as the steamship has been called, is the last of many boats that carried …

Julia Child And The Art Of Cooking…With Lobster

By Christina Lemieux on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:54 a.m.
Today marks what would have been Julia Child’s 102nd birthday. To celebrate, I watched the ‘Lobster Show’ episode of The French Chef. If you are a Julia Child fan, a lobster lover or both, the video (just $1.99 on Amazon) is 29 minutes of pure viewing pleasure. Julia takes her …
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Breakfast and silent auction in Sebec Village

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 12, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Location: Reading Room, Sebec Village, Sebec For more information: 564-3232 SEBEC, Maine — The annual all-you-can-eat breakfast and silent auction will be held 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Reading Room in Sebec Village. Local businesses and artisans have provided …
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Sangerville Historical Society to meet Aug. 26

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 12, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
SANGERVILLE, Maine — The Sangerville Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the community room at Sangerville Town Hall. A talk on Sangerville history will be held at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments. Bicentennial Books may be purchased 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, at the town office or …
Piscataquis County corrections officer Jeffery Starbird (left) waits in a hallway with two inmates before escorting them back to their cells during mail and medication call at the booking room of the jail in 2010.

State cuts Piscataquis County Jail budget by $157,000

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Aug. 11, 2014, at 11:29 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin and Corrections Administrator Dave Harmon have often touted the county jail as one of the most efficient in the state. Unfortunately, their ability to “do more with less” may cost them in the long run. Both men addressed the county commissioners meeting …

Fur hat manufacturer to bring up to 20 jobs to Greenville

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 12:17 p.m.
A company that specializes in the manufacture of fur hats and other finished fur products expects to begin operations in Greenville by the end of September, bringing up to 20 new jobs to the town. GlacierWear products are sold online only and are shipped to customers around …
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The charming Greenville Junction Depot stands ready for the gala, Aug. 16th. Enlarged inset shows huge new wood sills, new steel cross beams and concrete footings to strengthen and level the structure.

Heavy Lifting Prepares Greenville Junction Depot for Annual Gala and a Future Move

By William Peet on Aug. 07, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Greenville Junction Depot Annual Gala, Route 15, Greenville Junction, Maine For more information: 207-695-2955; greenvilledepot.org With her distinctive “witch’s hat” roof, the Depot in Greenville Junction is an architectural glamor girl. But at an estimated 85 tons, she’s no lightweight. …
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Italian buffet to benefit Smart Starts program

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 07, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Valley Grange Hall, Butter Street and Guilford Center Road, Guilford For more information: valleygrange.com GUILFORD, Maine — An Italian buffet will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Valley Grange Hall on the corner of Butter Street and …
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Guilford church to hold auction

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 07, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
GUILFORD, Maine – Calling all cluttered houses, overfilled garages, leftover yard sales and plain old sad barns in the area, the Guilford United Methodist Church is seeking items for its auction at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the church, rain or shine. No electronics, appliances or clothing. To arrange the pickup of items …

Emera workers trying to determine cause of power outage in Milo area

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
Workers from Emera Maine are trying to figure out what caused a power outage to more than 1,000 customers in the Milo area, according to a company press release. The outage primarily affects Milo, Atkinson, Orneville Township, Williamsburg Township, Sebec and Bowerbank. The number of customers affected …

Thirty-five Montreal, Maine and Atlantic and Rail World Inc. locomotives sold at auction

By Ashley Conti on Aug. 05, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
Thirty-five Montreal, Maine and Atlantic and Rail World Inc. locomotives were sold at auction in Milo on Tuesday. The sale appeared to gross about $2.05 million.
Auction goers place their bids during an auction of multiple railroad locomotives from bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, Inc and Rail World Locomotive Leasing, LLC  at the Derby Rail Yard in Milo Tuesday. Thirty-two units were sold.

‘It’s too bad to see these go’: Montreal, Maine and Atlantic locomotive auction in Milo draws scrap dealers, rail operators

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 05, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.
A Lac-Megantic city councilor was on hand for the dismantling Tuesday of the freight hauler whose runaway train destroyed most of the small Quebec town last year, killing 47 people. The successful auction of 35 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic and Rail World Inc. locomotives drew close to …
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Veterans Services Officer to assist in applying for benefits

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 05, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Don Dare, the Veterans Services Officer from the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, will appear at the following locations to assist veterans, widows and dependent children in applying for state and federal benefits: – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Penquis Cap Building, …

Flash flood warning issued for tiny section of western Maine

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 02, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
BANGOR | The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for a tiny region of Somerset and Franklin counties as slow-moving thunderstorms roll through the area Saturday evening. The warning affects “extreme west central Somerset County and northwestern Franklin County,” according to the weather service, which expects …

Strong storm, hail forecast for Piscataquis County

By Dawn Gagnon and Ryan McLaughlin on July 31, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
CARIBOU | The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning Thursday evening for southwest Piscataquis County. Shortly before 7 p.m., the weather service’s Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds of up to 60 mph. The storm was located 15 miles …
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Ham and salad supper to benefit church’s fuel fund

Bangor Daily News on July 31, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Guilford United Methodist Church, 3 School St., Guilford GUILFORD, Maine — A ham and salad supper, 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, by donation to benefit the Church Fuel Fund at Guilford United Methodist Church, 3 School St. Menu will include ham, homemade rolls, various …
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Church auction Aug. 16

Bangor Daily News on July 31, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
GUILFORD, Maine — An auction to benefit Guilford United Methodist Church will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the church, with licensed auctioneer Jeremy Hardy, rain or shine. A book and bake sale will begin at 10 a.m. A barbecue starts at 11 a.m. featuring hamburgers, hot …
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Auction to benefit food pantry in Guilford

Bangor Daily News on July 31, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
GUILFORD, Maine — Collin Bickford and Shannon Hersey will be auctioneers for the Partnership Food Pantry’s first auction, beginning 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the food pantry’s new site at 84 Elm St. Bring your own chairs.   This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news …
Jonathan Arnold of the Arnold Development Group leads a tour of the Riverfront Redevelopment Project on July 21 in downtown Dover-Foxcroft.

Redevelopment of former manufacturing plant in Dover-Foxcroft takes shape

By Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer on July 30, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
For the last several months, those passing by the Riverfront Redevelopment Project at the former Moosehead Manufacturing and Mayo mill property downtown have seen crews working on the exterior of the building. The public had the opportunity to see the numerous improvements already made on the inside …
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