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Five groups eligible to pursue lighthouse

MILBRIDGE – Five groups or agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have met the eligibility qualifications to make a formal application to acquire the remote Petit Manan Lighthouse off the coast of Milbridge. Now owned by the U.S. Coast Guard, the lighthouse has been deemed “to be excess …

Soctomah to speak at UMM graduation

MACHIAS – Donald Soctomah, the historian of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and a former state legislator, will be the University of Maine at Machias’ commencement speaker on Saturday, May 13. Soctomah, who lives in Indian Township, also will be awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by the university. The university …

ROADS NOT TAKEN

Hiking trails, as the name suggests, should meander through the woods or cross mountaintops, not parallel paved roads. The International Appalachian Trail, which stretches 1,300 miles from the end of the Appalachian Trail atop Mount Katahdin to Cap Gaspe, Quebec, and then jumps across the water to Newfoundland and Labrador, …

Sanford Phippen to speak at UMM graduation

MACHIAS – Sanford Phippen, an educator and writer with deep Maine roots, will be the commencement speaker for the University of Maine at Machias at its graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 14. The selection of Phippen was announced Friday by UMM. Widely known as “Sandy,” Phippen joined the English department …

Monson manager planning skate park

MONSON – An encounter last summer with three bored youngsters who were perched on a Main Street park bench with their skateboards nearby has led Town Manager Robert Nicholson on a crusade on their behalf. Even though he was new on the job and had more important matters to attend …

Residents to select site for school Peninsula CSD vote scheduled tonight

The Peninsula Community School District will decide tonight on a recommendation to build its new elementary-middle school on privately owned property near the intersection of Routes 195 and 186 in the Gouldsboro village of Prospect Harbor. A site selection committee has been working for months narrowing a list of places …

Confederation eyed for Millinocket area

MILLINOCKET – Many issues unite local governments in places such as East Millinocket, Lincoln, Millinocket, Mattawamkeag, Patten and Sherman. Roxanne Quimby and environmental preservationist land purchases; mill longevity and the economic security of other traditional Maine industries; sportsmen’s access; protection from convicted sex offenders; economic development in rural areas. But …

Quimby buys old church Portland edifice sold for $255,000

PORTLAND – Roxanne Quimby’s best-known land purchases have been in northern Maine, where she has bought tens of thousands of acres to further her land conservation goals. But Quimby, whose sale of the cosmetics business Burt’s Bees has enabled her to purchase large tracts of land, also has been engaged …

A VISION SHARED

Some believe environmentalists want to turn Maine’s North Woods into a vast tree museum, suitable only for Thoreaulike contemplation. Others think hunters, snowmobilers and ATV enthusiasts see the North Woods as something like an amusement park and don’t understand the fragility of the natural world. Neither statement is close to …

Guilford to raze historic building

Town officials are moving forward on demolition of the historic but dilapidated J.K. Edes building.

PUBLIC ACCESS, PRIVATE GAIN

A task force created to assuage fears that the public was losing access to private lands could instead open the door to landowners charging fees to those who want to use their land and roads. This shift to making money from traditional access may be furthered by the state’s support …

Querying Quimby

I read with great dismay, but not much surprise, Roxanne Quimby’s letter to the editor of Aug. 12 where she chastises Millinocket Town Manager Eugene Conlogue for not embracing the concept of a Maine Woods National Park as the “only ray of light” for that region’s future economy. Quimby, once …

Dispute over watery fuel might block snow trail

MEDWAY – A dispute between a landowner and a gas station over a supposedly watery tank of diesel fuel threatens to close a vital snowmobile trail. The landowner, David Violette, said Monday that he is giving the owners of a C.N. Brown Medway Big Apple gas station along a quarter-mile …

Robert Putnam to keynote Conference on Cross-Sector Collaboration

 PORTLAND, Maine — Robert Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and author of the best-selling book “Bowling Alone,” will present the keynote address, “Restoring Civility to Public Discourse: Finding Common Ground” at the fifth annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference on Friday, April 26, at Colby College in Waterville.  This year’s …
The trench and blockage on the old Quarry Brook Road.

Quimby gates more of her land in Piscataquis County

BARNARD PLANTATION | Millionaire philanthropist and landowner Roxanne Quimby has apparently gated more logging roads on Piscataquis County land she owns near Northwest Ridge Road in Barnard Plantation, a county official said Wednesday. Brad Smith, a resident of Sangerville who owns a camp in the area, said Quimby’s workers …
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Millinocket offers former Senate president job as interim town manager

MILLINOCKET, Maine – Former Maine Senate President Charles Pray will be interim town manager if he accepts an offer the town has made, Town Council Chairman John Davis said Friday. A Millinocket resident and one of three finalists to replace departing Town Manager Eugene Conlogue, Pray was a state senator …

Baldacci heralds forestland initiatives

DOVER-FOXCROFT – Solutions to problems that face Maine’s natural resource-based industries must come from a concerted effort that not only involves the state, but also the forest products industry, conservation groups and those connected to outdoor recreation, Gov. John Baldacci said Wednesday. To bring all the key players involved in …
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Cynthia Dill, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, pets a puppy while campaigning in Auburn on July Fourth.

Dill brings in $66,000 in second quarter

Democrat Cynthia Dill brought in $66,000 in contributions to her U.S. Senate campaign between April 1 and June 30, according to the latest finance report the campaign has filed with the Federal Election Commission. Dill’s campaign spent almost $47,000 during the reporting period, leaving the organization with $28,000 in cash …
EDITORIALS

Maine should hold its fire on North Woods park

A Maine Woods National Park isn’t going to become a reality any time soon. The National Park Service doesn’t have the resources to manage the properties it already owns and vocal opposition in Maine has kept the state’s congressional delegation lukewarm, if not outright cold, toward the idea. But, rather …

Baldacci, conservationists celebrate land deal

AUGUSTA | Gov. John Baldacci joined Millinocket area representatives and conservation groups on Friday to celebrate the completion of a conservation deal to protect more than 2,400 acres …