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Quimby paid her way

As the owner of a modest parcel of undeveloped land on Brewer Lake, I am confused as to what all the fuss is over Roxanne Quimby’s proposed use of her own land. Is there a law in Maine that requires her to give access to loggers, hunters, trappers or recreation …

UMM honors former president

MACHIAS – Amid the celebration of the 93rd commencement at the University of Maine at Machias on Saturday, a sad occurrence was remembered. President John Joseph collapsed moments before the graduation ceremony and died of a heart attack just a year ago. Joseph was honored alongside 82 students who received …

Joy entitled to publicity

Regarding the article, “Section of Rep. Joy bill just a publicity stunt” (BDN, Jan. 25), I have to suggest that this is unfortunately the only way the opposition of the national park plan can get attention. Unlike many bills that go through the Legislature, with an abundance of laws and …

Quimby’s Maine life

Thank God for people like Roxanne Quimby, who can afford to buy enough land to ensure that the Maine woods aren’t completely used up by the minority of Mainers who would shoot, trap and harass our wildlife and what remains of our forests. Conservation Commissioner Pat McGowan long ago showed …

Piscataquis panel limits ATVs on 2 key roads

DOVER-FOXCROFT – The saying that persistence pays off certainly hasn’t been the case for the Bodfish ATV Riders. For the fourth consecutive year, the all-terrain vehicle club sought permission from Piscataquis County commissioners to use the Borestone Mountain Sanctuary Road to Bodfish Valley and the Onawa Road as connectors to …

Honey of a deal: Clorox to acquire Burt’s Bees

MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Clorox Co., looking to expand into the natural beauty products business, said Wednesday it would purchase lip balm maker Burt’s Bees for $925 million. Burt’s Bees, which got its start in Maine and is now based in Morrisville, N.C., makes beauty products that contain at least 95 …

Guilford native to build on Braeburn Block

GUILFORD – It was the cooperative spirit, the financing and the use of local services that convinced selectmen on Tuesday to accept unanimously a California couple’s proposal to develop the Braeburn Block. That proposal, one of two submitted, also was the one recommended by the local economic development board. Guilford …

Burt’s Bees deal clears hurdle

WASHINGTON – Clorox Co. has received antitrust clearance to acquire personal-care product company Burt’s Bees for $925 million, U.S. regulators said Wednesday. Burt’s Bees, which was founded in Maine and is now based in Morrisville, N.C., makes lip balm and beauty products that contain at least 95 percent natural ingredients. …

Generous Plum Creek

As I write this letter, one of my sons, Arthur, is now somewhere up in the St. John River area setting up a tent for the upcoming moose hunt. He said to me that this area requires $12 a night just to be in this country. It’s not like when …

Popular Hancock restaurant changes ownership

HANCOCK – A popular local restaurant will be under new ownership when it opens for the season in a few weeks, but it’s likely diners will notice nothing different. Longtime owner Nicole Purslow has sold Le Domaine Inn & Restaurant on Route 1 to Winter Harbor native and Philadelphia philanthropist …

Future of Guilford building to be decided at town meeting

GUILFORD – A special town meeting will be held next month to decide the fate of the so-called J.K. Edes building on Water Street. Town officials had tentatively planned to demolish the old building, which is in need of serious repair, but that move was halted when town officials were …

Plum Creek can proceed

I wanted to take a moment to send my comments after reading the Sept. 17-18 letter titled, “Wilderness not for sale.” I am a lifelong resident of Maine, former business owner and avid snowmobiler in the Greenville area. I have been listening to the debate on Plum Creek’s development plan …

Only trying to help

Several letters to the editor seem to have blamed Roxanne Quimby’s purchasing woodland tracts for the dwindling number of woods-industry jobs in northern Maine. That’s too bad. It’s easy to blame someone “from away” or conservationists for our economic woes, but saving forests from development that would reduce the number …

Quimby’s no Baxter

It was hard to believe reading the Bangor Daily News that one would describe Roxanne Quimby as a modernday Percival Baxter. Gov. Baxter strongly believed in the people of Maine enjoying their natural treasures, including hunting and fishing. Why doesn’t RESSTORE: the North Woods buy land in Massachusetts and spend …

Willimantic to hear proposal for Quimby subdivision

The planning board is to hear a proposal for a 14- to 15-lot subdivision.

Maine Greens find earthy digs for convention

CHINA – Having chosen rustic accommodations for its annual convention next month, Maine’s Green Independent Party is trying to stay close to its roots. Members of the party will pay $35 to eat and sleep in tents and unheated cabins at a Quaker camp on China Lake. Arrangements for the …
EDITORIALS

Is paper in Katahdin region’s future?

With state and local officials struggling to come up with a deal to save the paper mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket, this is a pertinent, if harsh question. Join the discussion on the Opinion page at bangordailynews.com live from 10 to noon, or at your convenience. Legislators are currently …

Veterans returned to posts in most Katahdin region elections

A challenger’s attempt to unseat one of two veteran Millinocket Town Council members fell short on Election Day, officials said Wednesday. Millinocket Councilor Jimmy Busque received 1,685 votes and Chairman John Davis got 1,507, besting resident Michael Austin, who received 601, according to vote totals released by Millinocket Town Clerk …

Regional coalition gaining steam

MILLINOCKET – Coalition building is a slow process. Just ask Wallace Paul. The town councilor’s idea to form a regional advisory board of northern Maine towns is gaining steam slowly, with meetings in Medway and Lincoln and an upcoming meeting with officials from Dover-Foxcroft, he said. “We are seeing a …

Fan of Roxanne

While I do sympathize with folks affected by Roxanne Quimby’s purchase of land they leased for years, it’s important to point out that Ms. Quimby’s purchase ultimately will help keep Maine the way it traditionally has been. I have heard of “traditions” such as ATV riding and snowmobiling as if …