There’s a new set of eyes overlooking production at the Woodland Pulp Mill’s headquarters in Baileyville and his name is Bert Martin.On Tuesday, Governor Baldacci met with Martin to discuss the future of the mill.As Diana Bosch found out, plans could include more jobs for the Baileyville community.”We want to operate the mill to its capacity,” Martin told us.Currently, the mill produces twelve hundred metric tons per day.Martin and his company, International Grand Investment Corporation, bought the mill from the Domtar Corporation in October for 64 million dollars.Governor Baldacci visited the facility which shut down in 2007, leaving 150 people out of work.
Today, a fire destroyed a Winterport home.It’s left at least one man without a place to stay this Christmas.The blaze broke out at this house on Twining Road around two o’clock this afternoon.The homeowner was inside when it started, but was able to get out with no injuries.Multiple fire departments responded to the fire.By the time it was under control, Winterport Fire Chief, Thomas Doe, says the house was nearly gone.”When we arrived on scene the second floor of the addition was fully involved.
A fire displaced two people from their home in Hancock last night.The Hancock Fire Chief says Gregory Trundy awoke to black smoke in his house on Old Route 1 around 8:30.Hancock Fire, along with three other departments responded to what began as a chimney fire, then turned into a structure fire.Crews were able to knock down the fire within a couple of hours.Both occupants of the home were able to escape.
A Topsfield woman has been sentenced to jail time four years after 20 dogs and a cat were seized from her kennel.Hancock County assistant District Attorney Paul Cavanaugh says 71-year-old Margo Malpher was sentenced to six months in jail with all but 10-days suspended and ordered to pay $13,000 in restitution.Authorities seized the animals from the Malpher’s home in September of 2006.They claim they had been kept in unlivable conditions and many of them were covered in feces and were wet with urine.Cavanaugh says Malpher is appealing the sentence.
This Thursday, December 23, the Nokomis girls basketball teams will try and score a few points for their local food cupboards.Thursday night the Nokomis Varsity and JV girls teams take on MCI at Nokomis Regional High School Newport.You can get $1.00 off the admission price when you donate a non-perishable food item at the door.All the items collected will go to the Newport area food cupboards.The games tip off at 5:30.
There was a special meeting of the Bangor City Council Monday night.Councilors voted to spend nearly $800,000 to get final site plans for the proposed Bangor arena.The planned arena would cost around 65 million dollars.A price tag that has some people worried that some of that expense will land on tax payers backs.Some citizens have rallied together in hopes of putting together a petition which would order a referendum allowing the citizens to vote on the matter.If a referendum did occur and voters put a halt to the arena plans, not all of the $800,000 voted to spend on Monday would be lost.For the referendum to go through, the petition would have to get over 2,200 signatures by January 14th.