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Quimby’s quest is questioned

I continue to be amazed by the audacity and arrogance of RESTORE: the North Woods, the Massachusetts-based group which wants to create a national park from Maine’s working forests. I read and reread the front-page Bangor Daily News story of July 10 about Roxanne Quimby’s quest to buy land in …

Do we really get the common good through ‘clean’ elections?

Cynthia: Maine’s Clean Election law is on the ropes, with battles raging in the Legislature and referendum questions expected on the ballot. Some lawmakers want to beef up publicly funded candidates’ ability to compete in races while others want outright repeal of the law that was supported overwhelmingly by the …

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 …

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 …

Rural confederation proposal gains ground

MILLINOCKET – Town Councilor Wallace Paul’s idea to form a regional advisory board of Northern Maine towns has drawn the attention of Houlton, a tentative endorsement of East Millinocket and Medway, and a target. Houlton Town Manager Douglas Hazlett called Town Manager Eugene Conlogue, and representatives of East Millinocket and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …
Millinocket Town Manager Eugene Conlogue

National Park Service chief outlines goals of feasibility study

MILLINOCKET, Maine – Local sentiment for and against a new national park would be considered, but Congress, the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service would determine the uses of the 70,000 acres conservationist Roxanne Quimby proposes giving to the park service in 2016, according to a letter …

Beacon business news Nov. 3

New business? Expansion? Promotions? Send us the information at least seven to 10 days before the Thursday of publication. Email: beacon@bangordailynews.com Mail: The Beacon, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402 New series ROCKLAND — Jerry and Jeremiah Pasternak, who own an antique shop in Rockland, will be featured on the television …

Millinocket schools aim to teach environmental stewardship

Environmental stewardship will be the common theme of a multidisciplinary course Superintendent Kenneth Smith and town educators hope to assemble for grades four through 12, officials said Monday. The idea, Smith said, is to combine courses including geology, biology, chemistry, physics and earth science into one course …

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 …

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 …

Don’t ‘Short-cut’ Park Process

Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to not take sides in the debate about a proposed Maine Woods National Park is the most rational thing that’s been done about the plan and its opposition recently. What the administration can’t stay out of are efforts to rebuild and diversify the economy of the …

Guilford to raze historic building

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