Great Northern files for bankrupty protection

Great Northern Paper Co., a once-proud industrial behemoth whose work force has shrunk to 1,100 at mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday. The Chapter 11 filing was made late in the afternoon in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Bangor, according to a court clerk. Motions are scheduled to be heard Friday morning, the clerk said. The company made no announcement of filing, and calls to corporate spokesman Brian Stetson were not returned. The ...

Androscoggin Valley Economic Development office plans moving forward

Plans are moving forward for an Androscoggin Valley Economic Development office that would provide a 'one-stop shop' for developers and businesspeople to go for information and help. Cathy Conway of Northern Community Investment Corp. said her organization's board last night was expected to decide on proceeding with the purchase of a Main Street building that would serve as the location of the office. "It's a monumental step for us," said Steve Griffin, ...

Mayor Bob recognized in Benson's inaugural address

Mayor Bob Danderson ended up being one of the stars of yesterday's inaugural address by incoming Gov. Craig Benson. Not bad for a man who originally didn't plan to attend. Benson yesterday recognized Danderson and three other people he called "community entrepreneurs". The four were cited for working to make their communities special places. As Danderson stood to receive a standing ovation, Benson noted the mayor has maintained his optimism while serving as head ...

Use of Guardian Angel Church discussed at meeting

Though a small crowd of about 25 or 30 attended the informational meeting on Wednesday evening concerning the Guardian Angel Church building's future use, many ideas were presented. Chairing the meeting was Rita Savage, representing Theatre North. She shared a letter written by Father Richard Roberge of the Good Shepherd Parish. He stated that the parish would be open to having an organization such as Theatre North occupy the building until such time when the group could ...