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Federal judge to hear offers for sale of Bucksport paper mill

| January 19, 2015

A federal judge will hold a hearing to consider offers by paper manufacturing companies to buy a shuttered Bucksport paper mill. Verso Paper closed its Bucksport mill last month and plans to sell it to a Canadian metal recycler, but U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock is considering a union’s lawsuit that seeks to block […]

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Numbers are down for 2014-15 snowmobile season

| January 19, 2015

It’s been a tough winter for business owner Steve Dobson. He owns and operates the Aroostook Hospitality Inns in both Wasburn and Van Buren. Right now there are no snowmobilers staying in either of his hotels. “This season has been just horrendous there. There’s nobody in the area. The perception downstate is that we don’t […]

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Red Cross Launches Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

| January 16, 2015

“We never know when it’s going to happen, we’ve got to have a plan. You have two minutes to get out of your house or apartment,” said Joyce Knorr, community manager for Aroostook County of the American Red Cross of northern and eastern Maine. The Red Cross doesn’t want to see any more people tragically die […]

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Van Buren Certified Business-Friendly

| January 15, 2015

The town of Van Buren has officially become business-friendly. A ceremony was held yesterday…the town received their signs and certificate from the state of Maine. Local business owners are excited that the town now has the designation, but they say more is still needed to help the town’s economy. Steve Dobson of the Aroostook Hospitality […]

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Organizations in St. John Valley work to improve oral health of young kids

| January 15, 2015

Making little teeth sparkle and shine! Five organizations in the St. John Valley have come together to improve oral health care for young kids. “It’s a lifetime effect. Statistically, children miss a lot of school because of dental decay or pain related to their mouth. And then ongoing through life it’s self esteem or even […]

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