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Former millworker and lifelong Old Town resident Phillip Tibbetts, right, holds an auction booklet while seated in the back row of a live auction of items from shuttered mills in Old Town and Lincoln.

Former Old Town millworker attending auction saddened by loss of industry

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 20, 2016, at 4:05 p.m.
For three decades, lifelong Old Town resident Phillip Tibbetts made his living as a machinist. On Wednesday he sat in the back row at an auction of thousands of items from the shuttered Old Town and Lincoln mills, hoping to take home something he can use.
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Personnel from the Maine Forest Service battle a wildfire in Lubec in this May 2015 file photo.

Rising temperatures, dry air raise potential for Maine wildfires

By Jen Lynds on April 20, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
The conditions are dry as a result of it having not rained in much of Maine for “eight or nine days,” Todd Foisy said.
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Patten Election Warden Linda Lyons helps a voter put his ballot in the box at the Patten fire station on Tuesday.

Patten residents reject national park and monument in vote

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 19, 2016, at 8:36 p.m.
Residents voted 121-53 against the question: “Do you favor the designation of a national monument or the creation of a national park and national recreation area in the Katahdin region?”

Lincoln man hurt in rollover crash in Topsfield

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 19, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
A Lincoln man suffered head and elbow injuries when he fell asleep at the wheel and his car rolled over on Route 6 near East Musquash Lake on Tuesday.
Bidders line up outside the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on Tuesday to register for the auction of 3,232-plus lots of items from shuttered mills in Lincoln and Old Town. Hundreds more registered online to participate. Items from the former Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill are being sold first with Expera Old Town mill items scheduled to hit the auction block around noon Wednesday.

Auction underway for Lincoln, Old Town mill parts

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 19, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
The auction of 3,232-plus lots of items from shuttered mills in Lincoln and Old Town started Tuesday morning at the Hilton Garden Inn with a group that wants to restart tissue production in Lincoln, hoping its bid would be enough to make it possible.

Power restored for Penobscot County towns hit by morning outage

Bangor Daily News on April 19, 2016, at 7:33 a.m.
Several thousand customers in southern Penobscot County were without power Tuesday morning.
Kayakers and canoeist take part in a flotilla on the Penobscot River in Bangor in this May 2015 file photo.

Penobscot Nation appeals decision over whether it owns water in river

By Judy Harrison on April 18, 2016, at 6:18 p.m.
The Penobscot Indian Nation and the U.S. Department of Justice are appealing a Maine federal judge’s ruling that found the tribe’s reservation includes the islands on the main stem of the Penobscot River but not the water itself.

May Madness yard sale to benefit Safe Place Food Pantry in Corinth

on April 18, 2016, at 11:13 a.m.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.Friday, May 13, 2016 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Safe Place Food Pantry, 328 Main St., Corinth, Maine CORINTH, Maine — Safe Place Food Pantry in Corinth will hold its spring May Madness yard sale 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, and …

Hampden-area school officials finalizing $30.1M budget plan

By Dawn Gagnon on April 17, 2016, at 5:54 p.m.
Members of the budget committee are wrapping up work on a spending plan for local education during the school year ahead.

Crews fighting wildfire in Hampden

By Dawn Gagnon on April 17, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
Crews were called to 67 North County Road shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC mill as seen on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Former sales director leads late effort to restart Lincoln mill

By Darren Fishell on April 15, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Paper industry veteran John McMahon said that he and potential financial backers will tour the mill Saturday with a team of engineers, kicking the tires on a business plan he hopes could return the mill to a profitable business.
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Millinocket Town Council members Charles Pray (far left) and Michael Madore and Town Manager John Davis listen during a meeting on Nov. 9, 2015.

Millinocket council asks neighboring school officials to keep Katahdin choir unified

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 15, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
Town Council members called on East Millinocket school officials Thursday to keep together the Katahdin region’s award-winning high school Unified Harmony Show Choir.

Firefighters combat wind-driven blazes around the state

Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2016, at 4:45 p.m.
The Maine Forest Service declared a red flag warning for Friday.
Two people comfort each other outside the house where Michael Olin died in a fire.

Cause of fire that killed Millinocket man ruled undetermined

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 15, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
Investigators suspect but could not prove that a wood stove or something near it started a fire that killed a local man last month.

Brewer Kiwanis Club invites new participants

on April 15, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — At a recent meeting of the Brewer Kiwanis Club, President Danny Maher opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance, and Donald Smith gave the invocation. Guests were Lt. Gov. Glenn Mower Division 3, Key Clubbers Maria Maxsimic and Jennah Geiser, and guest speaker Katie Connor. Key …
Roger Higgins exists a voting booth after voting on the nonbinding referendum on a proposed north woods national park at the Town of Medway Fire Department and Public Works building June 23, 2015, in Medway.

Patten residents to vote on national monument issue

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 15, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
Residents in this northern Penobscot County town will vote Tuesday on whether to support a proposed national monument east of Baxter State Park, officials said Friday.

Baked bean and casserole buffet supper at Kenduskeag church

on April 14, 2016, at 10:17 a.m.
Saturday, April 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Kenduskeag Union Church, 826 Kenduskeag Levant Road, Kenduskeag, Maine KENDUSKEAG, Maine — A public baked bean and casserole buffet supper will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Kenduskeag Union Church, 826 Kenduskeag Levant Road. The menu will include …

Baked bean supper to benefit The Animal Orphanage

on April 12, 2016, at 10:31 a.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Milford Congregational Church, 126 Main St., Milford, Maine For more information: 207-299-7324 MILFORD, Maine — A baked bean supper will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Milford Congregational Church, 126 Main St., to benefit The Animal Orphanage. The …
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Why the path to a North Woods national monument could run through Portland

By Seth Koenig on April 12, 2016, at 9:21 a.m.
“It’s much easier to sell people on a project that’s in another part of the state. … It’s easier to sell an idea where it’s not directly impacting people.”
Glenburn School Superintendent Doug Smith

Glenburn may cut 4 school positions

By Dawn Gagnon on April 11, 2016, at 6:50 p.m.
A reduction in state subsidy and an increase in costs for educating the town’s high school students likely will result in the elimination of four staff positions at Glenburn School.