Millinocket, Maine

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  1. Don Alaska

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    We still see that here, too @Ken Anderson but it is getting less common. I was totally shocked when I was in Seattle in a snow, and my daughter in a four-wheel drive truck stopped to help a woman and her two children stuck in the ditch. My daughter offered help, and even tried to push the car, but the driver totally ignored her and didn't even respond when spoken to. I had never seen such cold behavior in my life, and I now understand why no one helps others in the Northwest..they are so rude!
     
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    When I was in high school, a friend and I were on a not-well-traveled road sometime after midnight, on a cold night, and came across a woman who had gone off the road into the snow. We stopped to help but she practically screamed at us to leave her alone. I tried to explain that we were just going to try to get her out of the snowbank but I guess she was more afraid of us than of freezing to death in her car. It was hard to talk to her anyhow because she wouldn't roll her window down. We stopped at the next house and asked someone to call the sheriff's department.
     
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    A woman who has lived alone a few doors down from me, on the same street, for quite a few years, died a few months ago, and it turns out that she had been in the federal witness protection program. She was a friend of my neighbor, across the street, so I'd see her every now and then, but I had never spoken to her except to say hello. I'll probably never learn the facts, but although she lived here under an American name (Corrine), she was apparently from the Middle East. I hadn't noticed anything particularly ethnic about her, though. My neighbor is an auctioneer and he will be auctioning off her stuff. Apparently, she has a lot of expensive stuff, and I had thought that people in the witness protection program were forced to live rather frugally.

    I guess it makes sense that there would be people on the witness protection program here. We're out of the way. No one passes through Millinocket unless they're going to Baxter State Park, and there are a lot of empty houses here. On the downside, people tend to know one another here, so someone would have to be pretty good at playing a part.
     
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    So today I got the Retiree Newsletter from the mega-corp I used to work for. I always check out the "In Memoriam" section to see if any of my coworkers is no longer with us. The quarterly list is always quite lengthy, but as I scanned the names I noticed an obituary from Millinocket ME. Apparently Mr. Peter King passed away on July 5, 2019. I didn't know him, but I zeroed in on his location.
     
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    I've heard countless reports of rudeness in Seattle. I'd never want to live out there.
     
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    I didn't know Peter King, but I see that he was just a few months older than me. From the obituary, I know his brother-in-law, although not well. There are only a couple of thousand people in Millinocket, but a whole lot more people who were raised here, since the population of the town is about half of what it was in 1980, when the paper mill cut most of its workforce, before closing entirely in the early 2000s.
     
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    I didn't know him, either. Apparently he was in the maritime division and I was down here among the chemical plants.
     
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    Just outside of Millinocket.
     
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    Downtown Millinocket
     
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    In the photo above, the Appalachian Trail Cafe, just left of center, is about two blocks from my house, as I live one block from Penobscot Avenue, pictured here, which serves as Millinocket's main street, and the AT Cafe is another block north. For the first ten years that we lived here, we ate at the AT Cafe at least three times a week, and probably more often than that. It was also the place where people would meet for coffee. Then, about ten years ago, it was sold to someone from Boston, who allied himself with the pro-national park contingent in town, almost all of whom were from Massachusetts, and nearly all the locals quit going there. For the past few years, it has been closed for the winter, since there are mostly only locals here in the winter, and we weren't patronizing the AT Cafe. A few months ago, he sold the place to someone who was born and raised here, but who has been running a restaurant somewhere else for many years. He's still not doing great business because it takes a while for people to get used to going there again, but this is the first winter the place has been open in a long while.
     
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    So what's the scoop? Why did the owner sell? Did you and your wife ever go there under the new ownership? Did you hear any intentions that the Boston owner had with his allys of the pro-national park contingent? Sounds like some rumors kept the locals from going there.
     
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    Yes, we go there now. If he can get business back, he'll stay. He's relatively young and has a reason to want to be in Millinocket. As for the former owner, there was a large contingent of people buying up homes and businesses here, and immediately forming or joining organizations in favor of a national park so yeah, while I'm sure they hoped to profit from it as well, they were here as part of an agenda. As it is, they got a national monument, and are currently fighting to upgrade it to a park. This is a good thing only those who own some of the few recreational businesses in the area, since no new ones are allowed, those interested in selling trinkets to tourists, and those who want to sell their homes and move elsewhere. Otherwise, locals are left with higher taxes, a far more intrusive local government, federal restrictions on what can be done with their own property, particularly when it comes to business.
     
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    So having a national park seems to be or has been on the minds of some locals. So what does the monument look like?
     
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