Maine awarded grant to fight drug usage

HOULTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has been awarded $905,102 grant to combat the state's widespread drug problem. The two year grant is from the U.S. Department of Justice and will be used to assist MDEA in investigating the sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine in Maine.

In 2014, MDEA has responded to 26 meth labs, six more than last year. Of those 26 meth labs, 11 of those were in Aroostook County. Officials fear that it's getting easier to set up a meth lab causing the numbers of them to spike statewide.

MDEA supervisor Shawn Gillen said it doesn't require a chemistry background, drug producers just need the ingredients, none of which require a prescription.

"You can make it in a soda bottle and relatively quick a couple hours later you could have methamphetamine. It's very concerning," said Gillen.

2 men injured in Friday night plane crash

(NEWS CENTER) – A small plane crashed 60 miles north of Telos Checkpoint Friday night, injuring two men.

Millinocket Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Malcom said his department received a call at approximately 9:15 Friday night saying that one person had been injured and needed Millinocket's assistance.

Malcom said the information developed fast to where it was reported a small plane had crashed and that there were two injuries. Malcom sent an ambulance to Telos Checkpoint in Township 5, R11 to meet a private vehicle carrying one of the injured men. Officials say when the vehicle arrived, the patient was already bandaged and refused transport to the hospital.

Malcom was not clear on what injuries the other person suffered, but he believed they were not serious.

Malcom added Maine State Police Troop F and the Federal Aviation Administration are both currently investigating the crash.

Judge orders mill owner to auction property

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Great Northern Paper Mill in East Millinocket is set to be auctioned off by Bangor-area construction company to collect unpaid debt.

Great Northern Paper's affiliated company, GNP East, owes Northern Construction Services of Glenburn $242,000. The construction company won the right in court to auction the troubled mill to recover the debt. Attorneys for North Construction Services plan to hold an auction at the mill next month.

Some people in the area are hopeful that GNP East will settle its debts before the October 15 auction, and reopen in the coming months.

Pine Tree Hospice Adult Bereavement Group Addresses “Loss of A Loved One”


Pine Tree Hospice will offer an adult support group for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  The group will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, beginning October 14th at 7:00 P.M. at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft.  This group is open to any adult in the community who has lost a loved one, whether recently or in the past.


The group will provide a supportive environment where individuals can share their feelings and tell their stories.  Grief is a natural response to loss; shock, sadness, anger, hurt, loneliness, and fear are outward expressions of grief.  Through group and individual support, those who are grieving can begin the process of healing, find ways to cope with their loss, and provide strength and support for one another.


Evergreen, Help for Grieving Children and Adults

Evergreen, the Pine Tree Hospice Center for Grieving Children and Adults, will start a new season on September 24th from 7:00-8:00 P.M. The Evergreen Program will then meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month providing a safe place for children, teens, and adults to work through their grief experience after a death whether recently or in the past. Small peer groups provide an opportunity for individuals to share their feelings, remember the person who died, and give and receive support from others. Using art, play, or an activity, children are encouraged to discover what works best for them in their healing process. Groups are led by trained volunteer facilitators. Training and programs are modeled after the nationally acclaimed Center for Grieving Children based in Portland, Maine.


Is it Time to Give Back? Consider Becoming a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer!

Do you have some spare time? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to offer a series of volunteer trainings this fall. These trainings will provide the knowledge and skills to equip you to help people in our community who are coping with a life-limiting, progressive illness. Trainings are arranged into three segments. The first segment, called the “Core Training”, provides the foundation for both direct care and bereavement work. Once volunteers complete this 11-hr. segment they may choose to take the 9-hr. “Direct Care Hospice Volunteer” segment, or the 14-hr. “Bereavement Facilitator” segment, or both.


All prospective volunteers must take the “Core Training” segment, scheduled for: Thursday, Sept. 18th, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20th, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 25th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Volunteers help build a better Appalachian Trail

ELLIOTSVILLE TOWNSHIP, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Visitors from across the country and throughout the world make the journey to Maine to hike the Appalachian Trail, and they have volunteers from just as far a field to thank for the trail's upkeep.

"If you are hiking, you'd rather not have mud up to your ankle every step you are taking," stated Ron Dobra, a sort of volunteer district manager for a sixty mile section of the AT. "You'd rather not be falling down in this slop."

Dobra, who also volunteers to maintain his own three mile section of trail for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, is helping to oversee work being done by a trail crew on the trail towards the summit of Barren Mountain.