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  • Lori Fitzgerald, the Millinocket Library Director who has worked in the town's library for the last 28 years and is five years from retirement, has been notified that the library will shut down next summer due to the town's budgetary crisis now that the local paper mill is officially out of business. Fitzgerald, who was born and raised in Millinocket, Maine, just finished remodeling her home last month but now must sell it and move elsewhere in search of work. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
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  • The now-closed Great Northern Paper Company's mill, once the town's major employer sits in downtown Millinocket, Maine on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the mammoth paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
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  • The now-closed Great Northern Paper Company's mill, once the town's major employer sits in downtown Millinocket, Maine on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the mammoth paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Lori Fitzgerald, the Millinocket Library Director who has worked in the town's library for the last 28 years and is five years from retirement, has been notified that the library will shut down next summer due to the town's budgetary crisis now that the local paper mill is officially out of business. Fitzgerald, who was born and raised in Millinocket, Maine, just finished remodeling her home last month but now must sell it and move elsewhere in search of work. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Lori Fitzgerald, the Millinocket Library Director who has worked in the town's library for the last 28 years and is five years from retirement, has been notified that the library will shut down next summer due to the town's budgetary crisis now that the local paper mill is officially out of business. Fitzgerald, who was born and raised in Millinocket, Maine, just finished remodeling her home last month but now must sell it and move elsewhere in search of work. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Lori Fitzgerald, the Millinocket Library Director who has worked in the town's library for the last 28 years and is five years from retirement, has been notified that the library will shut down next summer due to the town's budgetary crisis now that the local paper mill is officially out of business. Fitzgerald, who was born and raised in Millinocket, Maine, just finished remodeling her home last month but now must sell it and move elsewhere in search of work. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Lori Fitzgerald, the Millinocket Library Director who has worked in the town's library for the last 28 years and is five years from retirement, has been notified that the library will shut down next summer due to the town's budgetary crisis now that the local paper mill is officially out of business. Fitzgerald, who was born and raised in Millinocket, Maine, just finished remodeling her home last month but now must sell it and move elsewhere in search of work. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Lori Fitzgerald, the Millinocket Library Director who has worked in the town's library for the last 28 years and is five years from retirement, has been notified that the library will shut down next summer due to the town's budgetary crisis now that the local paper mill is officially out of business. Fitzgerald, who was born and raised in Millinocket, Maine, just finished remodeling her home last month but now must sell it and move elsewhere in search of work. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Lori Fitzgerald, the Millinocket Library Director who has worked in the town's library for the last 28 years and is five years from retirement, has been notified that the library will shut down next summer due to the town's budgetary crisis now that the local paper mill is officially out of business. Fitzgerald, who was born and raised in Millinocket, Maine, just finished remodeling her home last month but now must sell it and move elsewhere in search of work. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Residents of Millinocket, Maine, flock to a carnival on the outskirts of town on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The carnival aimed to raise money for the Millinocket Performing Arts Boosters, which plans on sending local show choir students to Disney World this summer for to put on a performance in the park — an opportunity that fundraising officer Allison Kelly says is often the children's first chance to travel outside the state of Maine. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Residents of Millinocket, Maine, flock to a carnival on the outskirts of town on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The carnival aimed to raise money for the Millinocket Performing Arts Boosters, which plans on sending local show choir students to Disney World this summer for to put on a performance in the park — an opportunity that fundraising officer Allison Kelly says is often the children's first chance to travel outside the state of Maine. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • "For Rent" and "For Sale" signs dot the windows of downtown buildings in Millinocket, Maine on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
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  • John and Barbara DiCentes, husband and wife and life-long residents of Millinocket, Maine, spend an afternoon together in the backyard, just blocks away from the now-closed paper mill, on Saturday, June 21, 2014. John DiCentes is a third-generation paper mill worker, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. The 75-year-old retiree and former machinists' union president worked at the local paper mill from 1955 to 1994. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • John and Barbara DiCentes, husband and wife and life-long residents of Millinocket, Maine, spend an afternoon together in the backyard, just blocks away from the now-closed paper mill, on Saturday, June 21, 2014. John DiCentes is a third-generation paper mill worker, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. The 75-year-old retiree and former machinists' union president worked at the local paper mill from 1955 to 1994. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Joe Clark, head coach for the Red Sox Little League team in Millinocket, Maine, gives his team a pep talk before the start of the league championship series on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
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  • Members of the Red Sox Little League team in Millinocket, Maine, line up before the start of the league championship series on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
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  • Tom Folsom, an assistant Little League coach in Millinocket, Maine, tends to his players during the league championship series on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Folsom, who now works in an IT job out of town and only returns home to Millinocket on the weekends, worked at the now-shuttered paper mill for 27 years before being laid off in 2003. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
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  • Game action from the Millinocket Little League championship series between the Yankees and the Red Sox in Millinocket, Maine, on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
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  • Joe Clark, front, head coach for the Red Sox Little League team in Millinocket, Maine, and Tom Folsom, back, an assistant coach, tends to their players during the league championship series on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Folsom, who now works in an IT job out of town and only returns home to Millinocket on the weekends, worked at the now-shuttered paper mill for 27 years before being laid off in 2003. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
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  • Scenes from the now shuttered paper mill in Millinocket, Maine on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Scenes from the now shuttered paper mill in Millinocket, Maine on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
    MAINE_paper...JPG
  • Scenes from the now shuttered paper mill in Millinocket, Maine on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
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  • With the demise of the town paper mill, many store fronts in Millinocket, Maine now sit vacant. The collapse of the paper industry has left thousands of area residents unemployed and has created a budgetary crisis for the town government, leaving schools, libraries, and emergency services underfunded. On Thursday, June 19, parts and machinery from the mill, including the paper machine, were auctioned off to settle tax debts.
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