Lincoln school officials replace table saw with safer model in wake of student ...
LINCOLN, Maine — On Friday, school officials replaced the table saw at which a Mattanawcook Academy student accidentally severed a finger last month , Regional School Unit 67 Superintendent Keith Laser said.
Cameron Fournier’s finger was surgically re-attached at a Boston hospital.
Technology education teacher Thomas Vicaire purchased what Laser described as a SawStop table saw on Thursday. It was delivered to the school at noon. Vicaire, Mattanawcook Academy Principal Henry Pietras and Laser selected the model, according to Laser.
“This is a state-of-the-art saw with all the latest safety guards in place,” Laser said Friday.
SawStop is a privately-held manufacturer of saws based in Oregon that has about 430 distributors nationwide. The company has sold about 65,000 units since it was founded 10 years ago, according to Matt Howard, the company’s vice president of marketing.
The product is unique, Howard said, in that it automatically stops its blade when the blade touches human skin. The blade carries a small electrical signal. When skin contacts the blade, the signal changes because the human body is conductive, and the safety system stops the blade in less than 5 milliseconds.
Bankruptcy judge approves plan to pay East Millinocket, other Great Northern ...
BANGOR, Maine — A federal bankruptcy judge approved a plan Friday that would allow East Millinocket to collect at least 90 percent of the property taxes it is owed by Great Northern Paper, provided the company’s mill is sold next month.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Louis Kornreich also approved setting aside 30 percent of the shuttered GNP mill’s sale price to pay unsecured creditors who have filed claims. The mill auction is set for Dec. 2. A separate motion by the bankruptcy trustee authorizing a $350,000 loan to pay for heating and maintenance of the mill until the auction was also approved.
Based on the number of claims filed, unsecured creditors should receive 5 to 20 percent payment of the debts they are owed, said attorney Randy Creswell, who with attorney Jeremy Fischer represents bankruptcy trustee and attorney Pasquale “Pat” J. Perrino.
As of Friday, 100 unsecured creditors had filed claims out of more than 500 owed money by GNP. The 100 creditors are owed a total of about $11 million out of the $22.6 million in unsecured debts Great Northern revealed in its court filings, Creswell said.