Daily Archives: February 2, 2010

Coffeehouse observation No. 34

A day without coffee is like a day without … well, without coffee. You might as well stay in bed.

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Thrills, chills and a near spill in the Valley – Bangor Daily News

Thrills, chills and a near spill in the Valley – Bangor Daily News.

Councilors question folk festival budget – Bangor Daily News

Councilors question folk festival budget – Bangor Daily News.

Schools get grim figures on state aid for 2010-11 | Portland Press Herald

 Schools get grim figures on state aid for 2010-11 | Portland Press Herald.

Portlander Anna Kendrick nominated for Oscar | Portland Press Herald

Portlander Anna Kendrick nominated for Oscar | Portland Press Herald.

Paper mill calls back employees, No. 10 machine to restart

RUMFORD — By the end of the week, all hourly employees who were laid off during 2009 who want to return to their jobs will be back to work at NewPage Corp. And by mid-February, the No. 10 paper machine will be up and running.

Janet Hall, spokeswoman for the mill, declined to reveal the number of employees who are affected.

In January, the mill announced that about 100 hourly employees would lose their jobs due to poor market conditions. That number was never reached, however.

Matt Bean, president of Local 900, estimated that about 100 men and women would be back on the job by Friday.

Most of the returning employees will work on the No. 10 paper machine, which has been down since September, or in supporting positions for the machine. These include such jobs as work in the finishing room and the rewinder.

With the No. 10 machine coming back online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the local mill’s three paper machines will be operating full time.

Hall declined to speculate on whether the moves are an indication of an improving economy.

Click on the link to read the rest of today’s story by Eileen M. Adams in the Lewiston Sun Journal.

Bennett takes Presque Isle job

Former Lewiston City Administrator Jim Bennett will relocate his family north, taking the permanent job as City Manager for Presque Isle.

Bennett said he and the Presque Isle City Council reached an agreement Monday and announced the hiring at a specially-called 4 p.m. meeting and again at the council’s 6 p.m. meeting.

Bennett officially begins working March 1. His family will follow this summer, selling their Lewiston home once the school year has ended.

“It’s an interesting community,” Bennett said. “It’s the commuter center for all of Aroostook County, and any shopping or anything else needs to be done there. So, they’re very interested in economic development and returning jobs to the community — typically the things I’ve done at the last few places I’ve worked.”

Bennett will replace17-year veteran City Manager Tom Steven, who was let go last November. Bennett was released from his job as Lewiston City Administrator in July 2009, after councilors said they wanted to seek a new direction. Bennett’s replacement, former Bangor City Manager Ed Barrett, began his job in Lewiston last month.

Click on the link to read the rest of today’s story by Scott Taylor in the Lewiston Sun Journal.