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Traveling westbound on the Down East Sunrise Trail between Mile Markers 15 and 16, three ATVs and their riders cross the Schoodic Bog in Sullivan, Sept. 8, 2013.

ATVs temporarily banned from new national monument land

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
“We feel that ATV access is a traditional use of that land, and we need to find a way to [re-establish] that access,” Patten Town Manager Raymond Foss said.

Stillwater church to hold baked bean supper

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Stillwater Federated Church, 80 Bennoch Road, Old Town, Maine OLD TOWN, Maine — A baked bean supper will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Stillwater Federated Church, 80 Bennoch Road. The church pickles will be on sale during …

Park service hears from stakeholders about North Woods monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2016, at 8:29 a.m.
The National Park Service started the conversation its officials want to have with stakeholders on Thursday as they embark on a three-year journey toward a management plan for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
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Mount Chase Lodge owner Rick Hill [far right] and others point out locations on a map held by Scarlet McAvoy of Benedicta during during a National Park Service meeting in Stacyville on Thursday.

Park service hears from stakeholders about North Woods monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 15, 2016, at 9:20 p.m.
Some want assurances that no forest product industry jobs will be lost. Others hope it will draw people to the Katahdin region. Still more worry about forest fires.
Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC., as seen on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

Lincoln Paper executives took millions instead of restarting mill, creditors claim

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 15, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
The lawsuit alleges that company officials fraudulently pocketed millions of dollars rather than repair a damaged boiler that was key to the mill’s profitability.
Baxter State Park Director Jensen Bissell, seen here talking with hikers in 2009, has concerns that his new neighbor, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, will cause problems for his park.

Baxter Park director frets about new monument next door

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 13, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
Baxter strives to limit access to about 75,000 visitors a year. The National Park Service’s goals include “continuing expanded use.”

23rd annual Paws on Parade to benefit Bangor Humane Society

on Sept. 13, 2016, at 2:41 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Bangor Waterfront, Public parking lot, Bangor, Maine BANGOR, Maine — The 23rd annual Paws on Parade will be held 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Bangor Waterfront. Paws on Parade is Bangor Humane Society’s largest annual fundraising event and features …
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Carey Nason is the director of Hope Rising, a residential treatment program that provides 24-7 care to sex trafficking victims. The program is located at an undisclosed location in Penobscot County.

It’s one thing for a sex trafficking victim to escape. It’s another to heal.

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Recovery is possible, but all-encompassing care can be hard to find and fund.
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Nurses like Michelle Markie, who have received Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner certification, are trained to record sexual assault victims' histories and collect evidence to help in the prosecution of their abusers. Markie, who works at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, estimated she personally encounters two to three cases of sex trafficking in her unit per year. She is pictured at a recent art auction to raise money for Hope Rising, a residential treatment program for survivors of the crime of human trafficking.

How 1 nurse knows when she’s looking at a victim of sex trafficking

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Over the past four years, Michelle Markie has personally encountered about two to three cases of trafficking in her unit per year.

Climate Action Team Kick Off

By lswackhamer on Sept. 12, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Peace and Justice Center, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St #100, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-930-5440; (sierraclub.org/maine/maine-climate-action-teams 350 Bangor, a local organization committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to a clean energy economy, is teaming up …

Revitalized Patten mill gives hope to town

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
The brothers Adam and Matthew Fronczak sit astride three industries dear to the town of Patten — forestry, farming and milling — and it can make for some scattershot workdays. The very versatile brothers, who are are actually former lobstermen, are general managers to Haymart, a $5 million farming and milling …
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Gunnar Russell stacks bags of wood pellets at the Haymart manufacturing facility in Patten on Sept. 6. The company produces premium wood pellets as a heating fuel and has been experimenting with pelletizing grains for animal feed. Despite what the bags say, the pellets are all made of softwood. The brothers said they had ordered 14,000 bags marked hardwood/softwood blend before they determined that softwood would work best with their manufacturing system.

Brothers ramping up feed, wood-pellet mill in Patten

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
The very versatile brothers, who are former lobstermen, are general managers of Haymart, a farming and milling operation that town officials hope will be a great boost to the upper Katahdin region economy.
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The sun sets on the Portland skyline. Sex trafficking is a problem in Maine towns and cities like Portland, where traffickers translate their deep understanding of how to manipulate and use people into personal gain.

What drives Maine sex traffickers’ inhumanity

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6 a.m.
A look at the motives and calculations behind forcing people into the sex trade.

‘Go faster!’ chain saw victim told his son, the driver

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 10, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
When police were charging Justin Osgood on Thursday with allegedly driving more than 100 mph while speeding a chain saw accident victim to the hospital, his father was too busy to defend him.

Third annual Water Carnival slated at Lura Hoit Pool

on Sept. 09, 2016, at 10:21 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Lura Hoit Pool, 146 Western Ave., Hampden, Maine For more information: 207-862-4305 HAMPDEN, Maine — Third annual Water Carnival, 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Lura Hoit Pool, 146 Western Ave. Flipper Dipper, Spray Zone, Octopus Ring Toss, basketball, volleyball and …
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Sara was one of the 200 to 300 people in Maine estimated to be victims of sex trafficking each year.

Inside the minds of Maine’s sex trafficking victims

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 09, 2016, at 8:42 a.m.
Broke, with nobody to turn to, here’s how one 15-year-old Maine girl came to ‘the Life.’

Man races chain saw accident victim to hospital, gets cited by police

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 08, 2016, at 4:58 p.m.
Police issued a summons to a man for allegedly driving more than 100 mph and refusing to stop while taking a chain saw accident victim through downtown to Penobscot Valley Hospital.

Fall Bulb Sale Going on Now!

By Amy Polyot on Sept. 08, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine –The Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District is having it’s annual fall bulb sale fundraiser. We are offering high quality double peony tulips, crocus, allium, lilies, and much more. We will take orders up until October 3rd and the bulb pick up will be on October 7th. …

Lincoln police help chain saw accident victim get to hospital safely

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 08, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
Lincoln police escorted to Penobscot Valley Hospital a car carrying a reported chain saw accident victim after the vehicle refused to stop on Route 2 for a patrolman and an ambulance on Thursday.
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For more than a year, a half-dozen organizations have relied on federal money to provide coaching and care coordination, psychiatric treatment and peer-to-peer mentoring to young adults.  On Aug. 23, those organizations received a letter from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announcing all funding will cease Sept. 30.

With no explanation, Maine rejects scarce funds for young people with mental illness

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 08, 2016, at 11:02 a.m.
“To refuse these dollars makes no sense, especially because other states are using these dollars and using them well,” said Arabella Perez who previously led one of the organizations involved in the federally funded initiative. “We just don’t understand the decision behind this.”