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Spaghetti dinner raises money for former mill workers

MEDWAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Medway Middle School hosted a spaghetti dinner Thursday to raise money for laid off East Millinocket mill workers.

"With winter coming on and the cost of fuel being what it must be hard to decide how to spend the little but of money you have from welfare. I think these supper and things like that really help out," said event volunteer Robert Pelkey.

All donations from the dinner will go to help families in East Millinocket, Millinocket and Lincoln. Organizers hope to raise $7,000 to $10,000 to purchase heating materials like wood, oil and pellets to keep homes warm through the harsh Maine winter. So far they have raised $1,100.

A buyer made an offer to purchase the defunct East Millinocket mill Wednesday for $2.6 million. The purchase will need approval in bankruptcy court and the buyer's specific plans for the facility aren't known, but it's the most positive news mill workers have received in months. When the mill closed, about 200 people lost their jobs.

The spaghetti dinner also included an auction for several prizes, including two industrial sized rolls of tissue paper manufactured at the Lincoln Mill. They are accepting donations online from those unable to attend.


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