Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
Lincoln officials fear that vernal pools such as these seen here on the Lincoln Regional Airport property make this land undevelopable.

Discovery of vernal pools threatens Lincoln industrial development plans

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 29, 2015, at 1:24 p.m.
The recent discovery of vernal pools near Lincoln Regional Airport threatens the town’s ability to develop its only industrial zone outside of a local paper mill’s campus, officials said Tuesday. Ted Ocana of Foresight Engineering was examining wetlands near the airport two weeks ago when he made …
Firefighters from Lowell, Lincoln and Mattawamkeag helped keep a fire from getting into the main mill at LMJ Enterprises of Lincoln on Tuesday.

Lincoln wood mill equipment damaged in fire

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 28, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
A sprinkler system helped save a Main Street wood mill from extensive damage in a nagging fire that took about three hours to contain on Tuesday. No injuries were reported, firefighters said. Passers-by reported the fire at about 4:20 p.m. at LMJ Enterprises, 431 Main St., police …
A home at 39 Iron Bridge Road burns heavily in Millinocket on Monday.

Fire that destroyed Millinocket home likely sparked by electrical problem

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 28, 2015, at 12:57 p.m.
An electrical problem likely caused a fire that destroyed a home on Iron Bridge Road on Monday night, leaving four people homeless. No injuries were reported, firefighters said Tuesday. Neighbors reported seeing a flash and hearing loud “popping sounds” prior to the fire being reported at a …
A home at 40 Iron Bridge Road burns heavily in Millinocket on Monday,

Fire heavily damages Millinocket home

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 27, 2015, at 10:27 p.m.
Firefighters from three towns were fighting a blaze that caused significant damage to a home on Iron Bridge Road late Monday night. East Millinocket, Millinocket and Medway firefighters were called to 40 Iron Bridge Road. The call came in at 8:34 p.m., according to a dispatcher from Penobscot …
A May 2013 file photo of Stearns High School.

Millinocket sixth-graders to attend Stearns Junior/Senior High School

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 27, 2015, at 5:29 p.m.
Granite Street School sixth-graders will move to Stearns Junior/Senior High School in September to make room for the school system’s first pre-kindergarten program, officials said Monday. Millinocket School Department officials are working with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to license the pre-kindergarten program and …
Millinocket-based musician Mark "Guitar" Miller playes one of the guitars made by Dave Levesque of Millinocket.  Levesque makes cigar box-style instruments under the name T-Bone Guitars.

Millinocket machinist styles wild cigar box electric guitars

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 23, 2015, at 2 p.m.
David Levesque wants to make an electric guitar shaped like a Thompson submachine gun. Once he does that, he might make one that resembles a Harley-Davidson. Maybe a guitar cut like a chain saw will follow those, he says. “A lot will depend on the themes,” Levesque …
Medway Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee speaks during a Board of Selectmen meeting last year.

Medway residents to vote on national park plan

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 20, 2015, at 5:49 p.m.
Residents will decide whether they support a proposed 150,000-acre national park and recreation area in a nonbinding referendum on June 23, officials said Monday. The Board of Selectmen agreed informally last week to hold the referendum during the town’s annual election, town Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said. …
Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds (left), her stepmother Frankie Maines (center) and her father Ron Reynolds talk to the press outside the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland on Sept. 25, 2013.

Mother of Ayla Reynolds plans to speak at hearing on funding cold case squad

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 20, 2015, at 3:21 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Proponents of a bill that would fund the state’s first full-time cold case homicide investigation squad in 2016 hope to have 300 people and 40 speakers at a public hearing on it, they said Monday. Trista Reynolds, the 27-year-old mother of the little girl at the center …
Peggy Daigle, who was town manager for Millinocket when this photo was taken, discusses the town's financial woes at a special town meeting at Stearns High School in this May 27, 2014, file photo.

Howland hires former Millinocket official as interim town manager

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 17, 2015, at 4:55 p.m.
Former Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle will serve as Howland’s interim town manager starting Monday at $500 per day plus expenses, according to the chairman of the board of selectmen. Selectmen voted 4-0 on Monday to hire Daigle until a permanent replacement could be found. Selectman Will …
Lucas St. Clair (right) talks with a national park opponent during a forum on his proposed 150,000-acre effort on Thursday at Schenck High School in East Millinocket.

East Millinocket national park informational session sparks ‘friendly’ debate

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 17, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
Tom St. John, a Katahdin region businessman who favors a proposed north woods national park, had several minutes of convivial talk Thursday with former Millinocket Town Councilor John Raymond, a park opponent. Unremarkable by itself, the low-key conversation underlined a goal of the informational session hosted …
The Lincoln Regional Airport as seen from the air in this 2008 BDN file photo.

Lincoln to buy fuel system to make regional airport more competitive

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 16, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.
Lincoln Regional Airport will get a significant boost when town officials buy a 6,000-gallon aviation fuel system for it this summer, officials said Thursday. Airport Manager David Lloyd is reviewing one proposed system and hopes to examine at least two more before recommending a purchase to the …
Lee firefighters Don Wilson (right) and Buzz Dill try and put out hot spots while a propane tank burns at a fire on Monday at 42 Maxwell Road in Lee.

Investigators unable to determine cause of Lee log cabin fire

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 15, 2015, at 5:35 p.m.
LEE, Maine – Investigators could not determine what caused a fire that destroyed a log cabin earlier this week, but the homeowner said Wednesday it might have been accidentally started by a cigarette. Investigators who visited the Maxwell Road home of Jeff Sproul on Monday, the day of the fire, …

Fire destroys Lee cabin before firefighters could get there

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 13, 2015, at 8:24 p.m.
A fire destroyed a log cabin on Maxwell Road in Lee.
Lee firefighters Don Wilson (right) and Buzz Dill try and put out hot spots while a propane tank burns at a fire on Monday at 42 Maxwell Road in Lee.

Fire destroys log cabin in Lee

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 13, 2015, at 6:16 p.m.
A fire that destroyed a 1½-story log cabin on Maxwell Road on Monday was apparently well underway before anyone could report it, firefighters said. No injuries were reported. Lee Rescue Chief Aaron Knowles said he saw black smoke billowing from nearby woods while driving north on Skunk …
Barry Dana

Meeting set to discuss changing Skowhegan school teams’ Indian mascot

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 13, 2015, at 3:26 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine – Members of the Penobscot Indian Nation will meet with school board members Monday at the Skowhegan Area Middle School to discuss changing the school sports teams’ nickname and mascot from “Indians” to something else, a tribal member said. Representatives of the Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes are …
Rocky the hound dog casts a wary eye at the camera at the Penobscot County Humane Society shelter in Lincoln on Saturday.

Nothin’ but a hound dog: Rescued canine loving life at Lincoln shelter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 13, 2015, at 5:41 a.m.
You’d think that most dogs would want out of a dog pound, but Rocky is not most dogs. The perhaps 11-year-old hound mix has twice been adopted from the Penobscot Valley Humane Society shelter in the last 15 months, but each time he has run away from …

Rocky the hound dog

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 13, 2015, at 5:40 a.m.
Rocky the hound dog has come back to the Lincoln animal shelter twice in the last 15 months, because he likes it there.
About 1,100 participants -- a record number -- converge on the Bangor Waterfront as part of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter's 20th annual Hike for the Homeless on Saturday, April 12, 2015.

Bangor Hike for the Homeless draws record number of participants

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 12, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
Whether as a machinist’s mate second class in the U.S. Navy or as a mechanical supervisor at Hinckley Yachts, Gerald Cummings has always been curious about how things work. That’s partly why the 67-year-old Ellsworth man walked 3.5 miles for the 20th annual Hike for the Homeless …

World’s biggest airplane comes to Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 11, 2015, at 6:54 p.m.
An Antonov cargo carrier flew into Bangor for fuel on Saturday, April 11, 2015.
The world's largest single airplane, Antonov An-225, lands to refuel at Bangor International Airport on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

World’s largest airplane lands at Bangor airport

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 11, 2015, at 4:53 p.m.
With a lumbering sort of grace the world’s largest airplane touched down at Bangor International Airport for a refueling Saturday, a BIA official said. The Antonov An-225 slowly taxied around another large airplane before parking at about 2:30 p.m. It didn’t exactly dwarf the other cargo hauler, …
 
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