Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

Town Manager Ron Weatherbee listens to a town employee in his office on June 3 in Lincoln.

Lincoln close to selling tax-acquired mobile home park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 22, 2015, at 4:45 p.m.
Town leaders hope to relieve themselves of a mobile home park acquired in a tax foreclosure by selling it to an Ellsworth company for about $35,000, Town Manager Ron Weatherbee said Monday. Weatherbee described the Ellsworth firm by saying it “has had some past experience in the …
Selectmen Rob Farrington (from left) and Darrell Lyons listen to the school board during a meeting at the Medway town office on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The Board of Selectmen already endorses the national park proposal but members said their endorsement did not speak for residents.

Medway gearing up for national park straw vote on Tuesday

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 22, 2015, at 3:37 p.m.
Voters will take a stance on a proposed north woods national park and recreation area in a nonbinding referendum on Tuesday, June 23. The election will be held at the Medway fire station, 23 Grindstone Road, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Board of Selectmen endorses …
Signs against the proposed north woods national park dominated the East Millinocket town green on Main Street on Friday.

Stolen signs, hard feelings mar national park issue

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 19, 2015, at 7:40 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Those who support efforts to create a national park in the Katahdin region say about 70 pro-park campaign signs have been stolen from front yards and disappeared alongside area roads in the last three weeks. At least half a dozen anti-park signs also have gone missing, …
Katahdin region residents look on during a national park debate at Schenck High School of East Millinocket on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Selectmen met on Friday and agreed to change the town's vote on the proposed park.

East Millinocket national park vote rescheduled to June 29

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 19, 2015, at 3:10 p.m.
A clerical error has forced town leaders to reschedule a nonbinding vote gauging whether residents support a proposed north woods national park, officials said Friday. The vote will be held Monday, June 29. The misstatement of a date on a town warrant forced the rescheduling of …
Park proponent Joe Pratt of Sherman listens intently to the national park debate at Schenck High School of East Millinocket Thursday, June 18.

Proposed national park supporters, foes debate in East Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 18, 2015, at 9:54 p.m.
To its fans, the proposed 150,000-acre national park can help revitalize the Katahdin region.To its foes, the park is a long-dreaded job-killer. About 175 regional residents attended a debate over the proposal from Roxanne Quimby family scion Lucas St. Clair. The town-sponsored debate followed an anti-park …
Lincoln businessman Tom Gardner points illustrates some of his land holdings as he speaks at an anti-national park rally Thursday, June 18.

224 businesses come out against Katahdin-region national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 18, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
MEDWAY | Opponents of a proposed 150,000-acre national park and recreation area east of Baxter State Park held a rally Thursday, during which they presented a list of 224 businesses directly employing more than 3,900 people that don’t want to see the plan realized. Possibly the strongest single display …

Lawnmower theft sparks reward offer from Lincoln Sears

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 18, 2015, at 2:20 p.m.
The owner of a Sears outlet on West Broadway offered a $100 reward Thursday for information leading to the return of a stolen riding lawnmower worth $1,900, officials said. Store owner Alan Susee said thefts like these do considerable damage to small independent stores like his. Besides …
Lucas St. Clair talks with a national park opponent during a forum on his proposed 150,000-acre effort at Schenck High School in East Millinocket on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

National park debate turns focus on land ownership questions

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 17, 2015, at 5:39 p.m.
One week before two towns vote on whether they would support a proposed national park in the Katahdin region, opponents of the plan were raising concerns about the park’s actual size and who owns the land touted for its creation. One of those opponents was Peter Triandafillou, vice president of …
Moose such as this were among the things a BBC film crew sought during a recent visit to the Katahdin region.

‘A window into a different world’: BBC producer films Maine wildlife for new series

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 17, 2015, at 10:29 a.m.
MILLINOCKET | Paul Williams wanted moose, and of course, here he found them. The British Broadcasting Corp. producer of a tentatively titled new BBC program, “Changing Worlds,” on Tuesday ended five days filming moose and other wildlife in the woods around town and in Baxter State Park. Set to …

Rollover reported on Mohawk Road in Enfield

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 15, 2015, at 4:06 a.m.
ENFIELD, Maine – State police, firefighters and an ambulance were headed toward Mohawk Road on a report of a vehicle rollover subsequent to a police pursuit. The call came in at midnight on Sunday. No other information was immediately available. Watch for updates.
Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission member Carol Wishcamper speaks to participants at a commission dinner in Hermon on Sunday.

Native Americans’ report reveals history of ‘cultural genocide’ in Maine

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 14, 2015, at 5:12 p.m.
HERMON | A commission formed to help heal the divide between the state and its native people called Sunday for Maine leaders to respect the sovereignty of Maine’s four Indian tribes. Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission members celebrated the culmination of a two-year effort to expose …

Mattawamkeag residents looking at break-even budget for next year

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 14, 2015, at 1:38 p.m.
Residents shouldn’t see much of a property tax increase, if they see one at all, in the $1.15 million town and school budget that selectmen are assembling, the board’s chairman said Sunday. The Board of Selectmen is due to complete the budget at the town office Saturday …
Al Cimon, a Woodville man burned in an accident at his home May 17, is recovering at a Boston hospital.

Woodville burn victim making ‘huge progress’ after explosion

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 14, 2015, at 9:25 a.m.
His many medications leave him barely lucid, and his injuries are extensive, but doctors are surprised at how fast Al Cimon is healing from burns suffered in an explosion in his backyard last month, his girlfriend said Saturday. “He is just barely starting to become aware and …
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

AG rules police justified in shooting, killing Woodville man

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 11, 2015, at 7:49 p.m.
CHESTER | Three state police officers who ended a more than six-hour standoff in September by killing a man armed with a large knife used deadly force reasonably and in self-defense, the state attorney general’s office announced Thursday. Shad Gerken, 35, of Woodville died of 20 to 26 wounds …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to members of the press in this May 29, 2015, file photo.

LePage drops support for cold case squad, wants more drug agents

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 10, 2015, at 5:39 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage withdrew his support for the state’s first cold case squad Tuesday because the bill funding it doesn’t include money for all the new state narcotics agents he sought. “This is what’s important: The state of Maine is currently losing on average one overdose a …
Phil Dawson

Howland selectmen decide to let fire chief’s resignation stand

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 09, 2015, at 4:21 p.m.
Fire Chief Phil Dawson had second thoughts about resigning from the Howland Fire Department. The town’s Board of Selectmen didn’t. During its meeting Monday, selectmen voted 4-0 to accept a letter of resignation Dawson tendered last month. It also effectively refused his attempt to rescind it when …
About a dozen Orchard Mobile Home Park residents, including (from second from left) Kaitlyn Moran, Justin Adams and LeeAnne Adams, attended a Lincoln Town Council meeting at Golden Key Senior Center on Monday, June 8, 2015.

‘There will be no eviction,’ Lincoln official tells mobile home park tenants

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 08, 2015, at 10 p.m.
Town leaders will not be evicting 10 families who live in a mobile home park the town acquired in a tax foreclosure three months ago, they said Monday. “There will be no eviction,” Town Manager Ron Weatherbee told Orchard Mobile Home Park tenants during a Town Council …
Joyce McLain, a teenage homicide victim. Her body was found on a power-line clearing located behind Schenck High School, in East Millinocket, where she had gone jogging Aug. 10, 1980.

Committee approves funding Maine’s first cold case squad

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 07, 2015, at 6:09 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The effort to fund the state’s first cold case homicide squad has vaulted its last legislative hurdle, and its supporters expressed confidence Friday that it will start work this year. The Appropriations Committee voted 13-0 on June 1 to approve allocating $639,149 from the state’s General Fund …
Orchard Mobile Home Park resident Jessica Long said she paid rent a year in advance to the former trailer park owner and wonders how she will get that money back.

Officials say potential buyers interested in foreclosed Lincoln mobile home park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 05, 2015, at 6:01 p.m.
One day after town officials said the tenants of a tax-acquired mobile home park could face eviction, eight potential buyers made inquiries about obtaining the property, officials said Friday. “I would say that it is strong and viable interest,” Town Council Chairman Steve Clay said. “No one …

Tenants of Lincoln-owned mobile home park fear eviction

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 05, 2015, at 10:35 a.m.
Tenants at a Lincoln mobile park wonder what is in store for them now that the town has taken ownership of the park as part of a tax foreclosure.
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