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Cannery Purchase Moving Forward 

A Boston-based lobster company says it plans to complete its acquisition of the nation’s last full-time sardine cannery by the middle of January, despite snags that have put the purchase of the closed plant months behind schedule.Antonio Bussone, president of Live Lobster Company, says the closing date for the former Stinson Seafood Plant in Gouldsboro is scheduled for January 14, but he hopes to complete the transaction before then.Bussone plans to use the plant to handle lobsters and lobster bait. But Gouldsboro town selectmen say they aren’t too confident the deal will be completed after all this time. Bumble Bee foods shut down the plant last April, putting 130 people out of work.