Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
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Mount Katahdin is seen behind pipes running through the former Great Northern Paper mill in Millinocket Friday.

‘It’s our heritage’: Our Katahdin volunteers get to work promoting Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7:26 p.m.
The group’s most immediate challenges are to start collating the ideas pouring in, continue meeting with potential investors, and help local officials shape an economic development plan for the industrial park and the region while starting federal and local grant applications.
The Great Northern Paper site can be seen in Millinocket in this June 2014 file photo.

Katahdin group buys former Great Northern Paper mill site in Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 12, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
“This is the largest economic development interest the town has taken on since Great Northern first entered the town more than a century ago.”
Bangor Savings Bank hopes to relocate its corporate headquarters to this building, seen on Wednesday, on the Bangor waterfront in 2018.

Bangor Savings Bank announces plan for multimillion dollar waterfront campus

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 11, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
Bangor Savings Bank purchased a building at 20 South St. on Wednesday as part of a multimillion-dollar plan to eventually relocate about 350 Bangor-area workers to a headquarters campus on Bangor’s waterfront.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket as it appeared on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

Firm has applied to demolish former East Millinocket mill, state confirms

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 09, 2017, at 6:48 p.m.
A Florida-based demolition company has applied to raze buildings at the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site despite a developer’s interest in the facility, town officials said Monday.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket is seen Sept. 25, 2014.

East Millinocket officials worried about demolition at former mill site

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 08, 2017, at 3:46 p.m.
Town leaders are concerned that the owner of the former Great Northern Paper Co. LLC site is demolishing assets that could help lure a potential investor.
Shoppers head for stores at the Bangor Mall as soon as their bus arrives from St. John, New Brunswick, in this December 2010 photo. Bangor City Council Chairman Joe Baldacci wants to revive the St. John-Bangor connection to encourage increased tourism.

Reconnecting the sisters: Bangor leaders explore reviving visitor exchanges with Canadian city

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 30, 2016, at 5:22 p.m.
“We need to really put up the welcome sign and make sure that people know that they are welcome here.”
City worker Tobi Smith looks into a sinkhole underneath a section of sidewalk along the Banor Waterfront on Wednesday afternoon.

Bangor Waterfront sinkhole repair will cost $205,000

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 6:49 p.m.
“This is an emergency situation, and it has to be taken care of.”
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An aerial photo from 1977 shows initial work being done on site preparation for the Bangor Mall on Stillwater Avenue. The Kmart building, the first retail store built in the current mall area, is in the foreground.

‘Unprofitable’ Bangor Kmart to close in April

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
The Kmart department store on Hogan Road is closing in mid-April as part of a company plan that “accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores,” a company official said Thursday.
Tim McCann (right) enjoys an evening sledding session with his children Alora (from left), 7, Clare, 4, and Connor, 3, on Thursday at Hayford Park on Union Street in Bangor.

Nor’easter leaves more than 100K without power, 20+ inches of snow

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
The nor’easter “is a little further east, so Bangor will be on the colder side of it.”
Members of the Washburn Snowmobile Club, one in the trail groomer and a couple on sleds with a chainsaw and rope, worked steadily along Route 105 in Perham earlier in December, trying to clear the popular trail of blowdowns.

Snowmobilers hoping for a snow-packed season

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.
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Students walk across the University of Maine through a snowstorm in March.

Less snow, more rain for Bangor in this winter’s first nor’easter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 28, 2016, at 8:31 a.m.
The heaviest accumulations, as much as 3 inches per hour, would likely come around midnight into early Friday.
Area residents attend a vigil acknowledging those who died without having a real home during a service at the Hammond Street Congregational Church on Wednesday, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. The event was organized by church leaders, Hope House and the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

Bangor vigil for the homeless mourns those lost

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 21, 2016, at 8:34 p.m.
“People can be homeless because of a fire. They can be homeless because the mill closed. They can be homeless because they are ill.”
A pedestrian walks along Broadway where there is no sidewalk last week in Bangor.

It’s not just about sidewalks: Bangor plans to make city friendlier for walkers, cyclists

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 20, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
Bangor is much too dependent on cars, Karen Marysdaughter said. “The downtown area has good sidewalks, but you get the slightest little bit out of downtown and you start to get sprawling neighborhoods,” she said.
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Supporters of raising the minimum wage attend an April 2015 meeting hosted by Bangor Councilor Joe Baldacci at Abraham Lincoln School in Bangor.

Bangor council postpones city’s minimum wage increase

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 13, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
The City Council voted 6-1 on Monday night to move the effective date of the city’s ordinance from Jan. 1 to July 1, 2017.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos) is located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Bangor council rescinds methadone clinic ordinance

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 12, 2016, at 9:01 p.m.
“It has always been about getting the treatment going,” John Doyle said after the council vote.
A runner captures the moment of running through downtown Millinocket during the second Millinocket Marathon and Half Saturday. The free race drew hundreds of people to the town.

An icicle hanging from his chin, first-time winner takes a frigid Millinocket marathon

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 10, 2016, at 5:54 p.m.
About 550 runners endured bone-chilling cold Saturday to run the second annual Millinocket Marathon and Half.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos) is located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Bangor council likely to repeal methadone ordinance on Monday

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 09, 2016, at 6:22 p.m.
The city having opioid addicts in need of emergency treatment presents “an immediate threat to public health” that will likely compel the City Council to repeal a discriminatory ordinance on Monday, about three weeks ahead of typical timing, officials said Friday.
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Ben Barr, who will be among about 950 participants in the Millinocket Marathon & Half on Saturday, goes on a 5-mile training run Tuesday in Millinocket. Instead of paying an entry fee, runners are encouraged to spend at area shops, restaurants and hotels.

This marathon may help Millinocket get its ‘mojo back’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:06 a.m.
“What I am seeing is that this has literally activated the community. There are so many different dances, dinners and things going on that weekend. I am getting a lot of feedback from local folks who are literally energized by this.”

New computer software nearly triples number of foreclosure notices sent in Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:23 p.m.
City officials’ announcement that they were mailing about 600 foreclosure notices this week isn’t quite as troubling as it sounds.
Bangor officials are starting to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike due to the passage of Question 4, a statewide minimum wage hike, on Nov. 8.

With misgivings, Bangor starts repeal process on its minimum wage hike

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 06, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
Bangor officials are starting to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike due to the passage of Question 4, a statewide minimum wage hike, on Nov. 8.