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Maine Draft GOP Platform Opposes National Park

Over the last few weeks, the draft proposal for the “new” Maine GOP Party platform statement has raised a few eyebrows, but one of the most remarkable things about the new document is a minor addition from the Mane “Tea Party” backed platform approved in 2010. 5. Oppose all attempts …

Entrepreneur to speak at UMM graduation

MACHIAS – Roxanne Quimby, entrepreneur and activist, will be the commencement speaker at the University of Maine at Machias on May 8, the university announced. UMM President Sue Huseman said, in a statement, Quimby’s “extraordinary success as an entrepreneur, her interest in environmental issues, and her connections to Down East …

Bids for Sears Island

I have a small proposal which can raise some substantial revenue, contribute to economic development and improve our environment: The state should solicit bids for Sears Island from any and all interested parties. The Maine chapter of the Sierra Club and the rest of the environmental and land trust community …

Burt’s Bees will open N.C. store in 2004

DURHAM, N.C. – After years of selling its products wholesale to other retailers, Burt’s Bees will open its own store next year at its Durham headquarters. The company – which uses natural ingredients like beeswax to make personal care products such as lip balm, lotion and makeup – plans to …

On private property

We owned 140 forested acres in upstate New York and now possess about 225 forested acres in Washington County. My experience with individuals invading my property is that hunters in New York and Maine, with dismayingly few exceptions, are simply licensed vandals. If Roxanne Quimby has experience similar to mine, …

Correcting the record

A Page 1 article in the Dec. 1-2 edition of the BDN erroneously described some events leading up to a complex land deal involving the state and Roxanne Quimby. Gardner Land Co. of Lincoln and the nonprofit Trust for Public Land continued to negotiate the sale of 8,000-plus acres in …

Quimby’s hypocrisy

I should hope Mainers don’t fall for Roxanne Quimby’s hypocritical “responsible buying” blather (“The color of honey,” BDN, Feb. 27). This is nothing more than a self-serving sales pitch. Right along with statements about Americans’ buying decisions and fun products, please note that all the cotton for this clothing is …

Quimby Foundation grants announced

The Quimby Family Foundation, established in 2003 by Roxanne Quimby, a summer resident of Winter Harbor, has completed its first annual giving program. Sixteen grants, totaling $500,000, were awarded to assist local and regional organizations dedicated to preserving the environment and supporting the arts. Grant recipients will receive their awards …

Not so lucky

Mr. Lynch from Virginia wrote (BDN, Aug. 15) about how much he and his wife love to come to Maine to eat lobsters on the coast and to relax by the lakes. He goes on to say that he applauds the efforts of Roxanne Quimby and others to establish a …

The real agenda

One would have thought that Roxanne Quimby, having worked three part-time waitress jobs before acquiring success and wealth with Burt’s Bees, would be disdainful of the service-sector jobs that a national park would create. But then, this is a person who moved her growing business out of state, with an …

Dream came true

I was very impressed by the picture and article on the front page of your July 10 edition. The headline should have read, “Small town girl makes good!” Back in the ’70s I was a teller in the Piscataquis Savings Bank, which at a later date, merged with Bangor Savings. …

Preserve Maine Traditions Panel Discussion

AUGUSTA, Maine – Preserve Maine Traditions will hold a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. May 30, at the Lithgow Public Library in opposition to the park proposal for northern Maine put forth by RESTORE and Roxanne Quimby. The presentation will be led by David Trahan executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance …

Quimby sells proposed artist-in-residence building in Portland

A 125-year-old Queen Anne Victorian that philanthropist Roxanne Quimby once planned to use for an artist-in-residence program has sold to a new owner who plans to create apartments and commercial space. Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees, purchased the building in 2009 for $350,000 but ran into problems …

Quimby’s idea for Maine Woods National Park faces challenges

PORTLAND | Conservationist Roxanne Quimby has some convincing to do if she’s to sell her idea of another national park in Maine, starting with the state’s congressional delegation. All four members of Maine’s delegation surveyed by The Associated Press expressed some level of concern about the proposal by the …

Quimby to address forest group Dec. 4

Roxanne Quimby is scheduled to speak at the monthly Forest Resources Association dinner in Brewer next Thursday, giving a talk titled “My Vision for the North Woods.” Though made up of loggers and mill owners, the group invited Quimby in hopes of better understanding her perspective, spokesman Patrick Hackley said …

Cynical and arrogant

Roxanne Quimby’s assessment of the impact a national park in northern Maine would have on the people living there reflects the views of the Boston-based RESTORE organization. She says in the July 10 Bangor Daily News: “Very few people derive a living from the woods. They cut some wood, farm …

Land exchange ‘far from done’ Source: Paper intercepted unconfirmed details of Quimby plan

MILLINOCKET – The accidental release of details about a potential land swap between The Trust for Public Land and land preservationist Roxanne Quimby involving about 18,000 acres near Baxter State Park was very premature, a source close to the parties involved said Friday. The source, who asked not to be …

Governor’s Task Force

Danny Martin, commissioner, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Peter Pray, registered Maine guide, former owner of Big Eddy Campground. Rep. Ray Wotton, D-Littleton. Roxanne Quimby, founder, Burt’s Bees; director, Elliotsville Plantation Inc. Gordon Gamble, licensed forester, Wagner Forest Management. Kevin Slater, Mahoosic Guide Service, Newry. John Cashwell, Seven …

Let them eat cake

Just think of all the hungry, uninsured and homeless Maine senior citizens and children who Roxanne Quimby could be saving with her millions rather than blowing all her money (and she isn’t afraid of reminding us how much she has) on trying to buy herself a national park. Quimby says …

The real agenda

Outrage doesn’t come close to what I felt after reading the article (BDN, July 10) regarding Roxanne Quimby’s land purchases. She can find no better description of the decent people of Piscataquis County than, “They cut some wood, farm some vegetables, make some crafts to sell at fairs.” That after …