A Status Report on the Millinocket Historical Society
MILLINOCKET -- The Millinocket Historical Society's search for a new home has come closer to becoming a reality. For the past three years, the search has been intensifying for several reasons. The first and most pressing reason has been a lack of space. Though members have worked very hard and done a great job of making the best of the limited space available within the Municipal Building, many items are still packed away due to lack of display space.
Jan 24, 2008 - 1:51:44 PM
Citizens of Millinocket, Your Historical Society Needs You
Citizens of Millinocket, the Millinocket Historical Society needs your support at the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm. Right on the heels of a vote by the Town Council approving a loan to the MHS for purchase of a building, an uproar is being waged to rescind this order.
Nov 7, 2007 - 7:42:14 PM
Economic Development Without MAGIC
Economic development in Millinocket was recently the topic of a forum held by MPBN as part of their "Hometown Economies" series, taped at the Northern Timber Cruisers Clubhouse on Tuesday, July 17.
Jul 23, 2007 - 11:31:08 AM
We're At a Crossroads
We are at a point where the town council can choose to move forward and hire an economic development director to work along with our town manager, or we can continue to lose time and do nothing.
May 18, 2007 - 7:12:04 PM
Intimidation is Not the Foundation of Democracy
This country has many brave citizens who have fought and died for us to enjoy the rights bestowed upon us here, as Americans. We have holidays to honor those who have given their lives so that we can have the rights and freedom that we enjoy.
Apr 27, 2007 - 3:14:07 PM
I am greatly saddened to learn that Millinocket voters and taxpayers, along with three of our esteemed town councilors, were recently referred to by a local State Representative as "a small group of insurgents".
Apr 25, 2007 - 5:19:13 PM
Preserve Our Culture
Millinocket needs a home for it's museum. With all the talk about preserving our culture, I have to say I agree, we do need to preserve our culture. The Millinocket Historical Society has been preserving our culture for some time now, but has run out of room to display all the wonderful items they have collected over the years. It is time for the relics of our culture and history to have a home of their own.
Mar 23, 2007 - 8:49:59 AM
Options for Success
By a modest estimation, over 200,000 visitors come to the Katahdin Region every year with their destination being the major northern recreation area of Mt. Katahdin and Baxter State Park. The majority of these visitors enter and leave the area via the access road that the brings them through the towns of Medway, East Millinocket, and Millinocket.
Jan 22, 2007 - 4:38:57 PM
At the Economic Development Workshop held by the Millinocket Town Council last week the subject of what is economic development was discussed. There were several answers to that, all of which were very good. Economic development encompasses a lot of areas from jobs to population numbers and the community itself.
Jan 16, 2007 - 11:55:27 AM
Alternative to MAGIC Suggestion
The controversy surrounding Millinocket Area Growth & Investment Council (MAGIC) has cast a large shadow on the organization itself and successful economic development in the Katahdin Region. It has divided the people of Millinocket and to some degree, the three towns of Millinocket, East Millinocket & Medway. Maybe it is time to re-organize and try something different that can unite those that MAGIC has divided.
Dec 22, 2006 - 5:32:36 PM
It's the People
In researching towns in the state that are seeing successful economic development, one major factor that stood out in all of them was citizen participation. In every town that I researched, the people were the greatest asset making the difference in successful economic development.
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:26:00 AM
Moving Forward, United
I strongly feel the division in this town is our biggest roadblock and it is destroying the town along with many families and friendships in it. Until we decide to stop the fighting and work together, we will not move forward. Millinocket needs more land available for business development and we need to fill the many vacant buildings in our downtown area. I think we can all agree that business development in the Katahdin Area is great, but it has come time for the citizens of Millinocket to focus on Millinocket and work together to rebuild our town.
Nov 16, 2006 - 1:14:00 PM
Now Let's Move Forward With Economic Development
When I cast my vote against additional funding for Millinocket Area Growth & Investment Council (MAGIC), I felt it was my opportunity as a taxpayer to have my voice heard by the town council. I hope, with the majority of citizens voting no, the town council will accept and listen to what the voters are telling them. The citizens of Millinocket do not have the confidence in MAGIC to support additional funding being given to them.
Nov 9, 2006 - 3:39:00 PM
Cast a Vote for Millinocket
This Tuesday the voters of Millinocket will have the opportunity, in the privacy of the voting booth, to decide for themselves whether or not to fund Millinocket Area Growth and Investment Council (MAGIC) with another $30,000.00. When you cast that vote, please consider what you know MAGIC has or has not done with the funding we have provided to them so far, not on what they want you to believe MAGIC has done.
Nov 5, 2006 - 9:21:00 AM
Home to Katahdin
Millinocket Area Growth & Investment Council’s project, Home to Katahdin received $198,800.00 through a federal grant which they obtained with assistance from Susan Collins. The stated purpose for the funding of $198,800.00 was to gain information about the reason for our population decrease and to develop a plan to increase the population.
Oct 31, 2006 - 3:39:00 PM
Just Say NO
At an economic development workshop that I attended, the question was asked,
“What is the definition of economic development?” Town councilor and Millinocket
Area Growth and Investment Council’s (MAGIC's) Executive Director, Bruce McLean
could not give a clear answer to the question. His reply was that it meant many
things and could not be clearly or specifically defined. Since then, I have
spent time researching what the most common definition of economic development
Oct 23, 2006 - 9:00:00 PM
Speaking for the Town
Recent disclosure of emails from Millinocket Town Councilor Matthew Polstein to Ralph Knoll, and a letter to Roxanne Quimby, have caused much concern with myself and other citizens in the town.
Oct 15, 2006 - 8:00:00 PM
Another young person left town today. A big piece of me left with her. She is my daughter, my friend, my best buddy.
Sep 14, 2006 - 11:13:00 AM
Why Doesn’t Millinocket’s Museum Have A Home?
MILLINOCKET -- Driving through towns in Maine, you will notice that most of them have a local Historical Society Museum for the purpose of housing the artifacts from their town’s past. In Millinocket, we have an Historical Society and we have a town museum. Unfortunately, the Millinocket town museum is crammed into a couple of very small rooms upstairs at the Municipal Building where many never even notice either it and the work the Historical Society members have put into it. Yet, this museum is a treasure trove of days gone by and is not being done justice by keeping it in the closet, so to speak.
Aug 17, 2006 - 11:12:00 AM
Let's Acknowledge the Problems & Fix Katahdin Area Television
I love the opportunity that Bee Line Cable TV provides for the area with Katahdin Area Television (KAT-TV). I thank Bee Line for this opportunity and their support of the area by providing us with KAT-TV.
Jul 27, 2006 - 11:31:00 PM
Adapt & Accept Change
Lately it seems we Mainers can not turn on a newscast or pick up a newspaper without someone telling us we need to "adapt and accept change". More often than not, these words are coming from outside interests wanting to make those changes for us.
Jul 27, 2006 - 9:09:00 AM
What is Economic Development?
The third Economic Development Workshop took place Tuesday evening, and as the two before, it was not only a waste of time, but an insult to the citizens who took the time to attend.
Jul 14, 2006 - 1:57:00 AM
Condo Deal Not a Good Deal for Millinocket
In developer Bob Benjamin’s opinion, "There are not a lot of very nice homes on the market in Millinocket," and according to him, there are "no available homes on large lots."
Jun 30, 2006 - 2:03:00 PM
Is Millinocket Ready for Condominiums?
Is Millinocket ready for condominiums? People are having difficulty selling their homes for a reasonable price already, do we really need to add condos to the problem? With the number of homes on the market, a shortage of housing is not a problem for Millinocket. A dying downtown and a lack of employment and businesses is.
Jun 23, 2006 - 8:47:00 AM
Dare I Hope?
Last night I attended a second Economic Development Workshop held with the Millinocket Town Council. After the last one I attended, I approached this one a bit apprehensive, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Jun 6, 2006 - 4:23:00 PM
Holding On To What We Have & Moving Forward
Papermaking in Millinocket is a thing of the past. The mill created this town, yet as with many other things in life, eventually there comes a time when one needs to move on and take control of their own destiny. So we no longer can depend on the mill to take care of our needs, that only means we need to grow and learn how to survive without it.
Apr 24, 2006 - 11:20:00 AM
I don’t have a problem with leaf blowers, it’s the excessive use of them by thoughtless people that I do have a problem with.
Apr 21, 2006 - 8:35:00 PM
When their plans for us to be a gateway community come to fruition, we will have even less say in what happens to our town and the entire area.
Nov 4, 2005 - 6:58:00 PM
Shadow of Hate
A town divided is a town without a heart. Millinocket has become a town of fear, hatred, and no common civility amongst the people. Why is it that everyone is expected to choose one side and automatically hate the other?
Oct 12, 2005 - 7:50:00 PM
Jobs & the Future of Our Economy
Should Millinocket sit back and allow the town to become a tourist haven?
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:10:00 AM
If we allow them to deny us the right to vote on issues we feel are important to the community, what will be next?
Sep 29, 2005 - 3:45:00 PM
For some time now, I have been getting calls from friends telling me someone calling himself “Uncle Grumpy” seems to have a lot of things to say about me and my letters. He appears to have a lot of questions and comments for me. Since I like to think I have an open mind about the controversial issues dividing the town, I took a moment to see what “Grumpy” had to say.
Sep 26, 2005 - 1:47:00 PM
Kooks, Idiots, & Dissidents
Kooks, idiots, dissidents ... the name calling needs to stop. The one thing both sides of the issues agree upon is that we must put our differences aside and unite for the sake of the town and each other. In order for this to happen, the name calling needs to end.
Sep 23, 2005 - 8:10:00 PM
Response to Avern Danforth's Article in the Katahdin Press
While I prefer to try and not bring personalities into my letters and articles, the personal attack in a local paper from Avern Danforth has compelled me to do so.
Sep 22, 2005 - 3:31:00 PM
Our Own Economic Plan & Developer
Having well planned economic development can revitalize a dying town. But, without the right person to conduct the development and utilize the plan for maximum benefit, a plan is just that.
Sep 22, 2005 - 10:35:00 AM
Unite for Development
Economic development is the process in which a community organizes to work together to create and maintain a strong economy which will provide desirable jobs and a comfortable standard of living, thereby increasing the tax base so that the town can offer the level of services that its residents desire.
Sep 21, 2005 - 12:14:00 AM
What Has MAGIC Done For The Town Of Millinocket?
Accountability keeps the dishonest in check, and the honest will appreciate the opportunity to openly reveal their progress.
Sep 20, 2005 - 2:23:00 PM
The one citizen who spoke in defense of MAGIC at the last town meeting implied that those opposed to funding MAGIC believed that hiring an economic developer of our own would produce instant or overnight success. This is not true.
Sep 9, 2005 - 10:54:00 PM
I finally realized that we all need to be involved in the politics of our country because whether we chose to be involved or not, we all have “ownership” for American politics in the minds and eyes of the rest of the world and politics effect all our lives whether we chose to particapate or not.
Sep 9, 2005 - 12:11:00 AM
Once again, MAGIC supportive councilors are denying the citizens their rights.
Sep 7, 2005 - 10:53:00 PM