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Sally Bouchard

Community Spirit
By Sally Bouchard
Nov 5, 2006 - 12:01:00 AM

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Throughout the years, the citizens of Millinocket have had community spirit; they gave of themselves to make their town a better place to live.

Some of them started the Stearns Alumni Association so that the graduates of Stearns High School would have a way to keep in touch with their classmates and, every five years a big school reunion for all of the classes takes place.

The people who started the Alumni Association have passed on, and now the association is being run by the generation that was their children’s age. Will there be another generation to follow in their footsteps?

The Millinocket Golf Course is another task that some of the citizens of Millinocket started. It was hard work but they succeeded, and now that too is being run by the next generation and they also have worked very hard to keep the golf course a big part of Millinocket. Will there be another generation to keep up the Millinocket Golf Course?

Across the country, you'll find that it is developers who are building golf courses, but in Millinocket it was the citizens of this town who took the initiative and built one for the people of Millinocket.

The Millinocket Historical Society was also started by a group of dedicated citizens of Millinocket to keep their history and to pass it on the future generations of Millinocket.

For the people who have moved away and come back for a visit, it is a place for old memories of their childhood and of the people that have lived here.

Pictures and items from the area that help us to remember why Millinocket was such a special place to grow up in. Those times are gone but they are not forgotten.

Will there be another generation here to keep their history alive?

The mill is a shadow of what is once was and without something to replace all of the jobs that have been lost, Millinocket will be a shadow of what this community once was.

We need children to grow up and carry on what many have started. Without good jobs, Millinocket will become like too many other places where people come to visit but do not put down any roots. It will become a gateway community.

Every election is important, but for Millinocket our future is at stake. Will we become a gateway community to the park or will we continue to be a community of people who are willing to give of themselves and only have this town’s interest at heart?

The Millinocket Area Growth and Investment Council has had more than five years to help this area. During that time, a large amount of money was spent without any accountability. Perhaps some were helped but too many were not, and the town is not growing.

They became arrogant and forgot to listen to the voices of the people. By doing that, they have lost the trust of many of the voters who had once supported them but can no longer do so.

No jobs, no children and no future for many of our organizations that are having a hard time to keep going.

The future generation will not be here. They will be gone and Millinocket will be just a memory as is the Great Northern Paper Company.

Vote no for more funding for MAGIC and let us bring in someone who will serve the people not themselves.


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