Millinocket, Maine

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    I'm familiar with it, but it's fake news. It's not like the typical CNN-type fake news, but it's still not factual. All of the newspapers are reporting it as being in Millinocket too, but I know where the Big Moose Inn is, and it's not in Millinocket. The Millinocket post office delivers mail to a large rural area, as well as a few neighboring towns, but that that doesn't place them in the town limits. Mostly tourists and people vacationing at Baxter State Park go there. I've been there only once. The wedding was in East Millinocket, with fewer people, and the wedding reception was at a place known as the Big Moose Inn, which is about twelve miles northwest of Millinocket. Although the Millinocket post office delivers mail there, it's not even in the same county. It's in Piscataquis County, while Millinocket is in Penobscot County. Only one of the people who tested positive was from Penobscot County, the others were from southern Maine. They held the wedding reception at the Big Moose Inn because Piscataquis County had lighter restrictions than would have been in place in the southern part of the state, where most of the COVID cases were. Plus, nobody is even sick, as far as I am aware. They tested positive for the virus, and most people who test positive for the virus are not sick although, from the news reports, we're supposed to picture everyone who tests positive as being on their deathbed. Anyhow, there's no reason to believe that any of these people even stopped in Millinocket.
     
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    The people who tested positive aren't from here. They don't shop in our stores or eat in our restaurants, so I'm good, thank you. I wouldn't worry much about it anyhow, not any more than I worried about the flu every flu season. Viruses have always been with us, and if this is like any other virus, it is going to mutate several times on its way to a vaccine, which will probably be about as effective as the flu vaccine, which I don't get.

    Just beyond the Big Moose Inn is Baxter State Park, the terminus of the Appalachian Trail, which brings in more than 50,000 people each year, but few of them stop in Millinocket. I don't worry myself about their health.
     
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    Ken, I just thought it was a surprising coincidence, being such a small town, that it would make the news and I'd happen to know someone from there. Peace.
     
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    I know. It's just a sensitive topic because all of the news outlets are reporting it as being in Millinocket so now people are going to go crazier here than they have been. I also noted that pretty much everyone who is being quoted from Millinocket has been people who just moved here, like our library director, who has been here for only a few months and probably believes the Big Moose Inn is in Millinocket. How would he know any different? He's probably been hiding in his basement since he got here.

    There was an argument on Facebook about it, with people insisting that it was in Millinocket because it has a Millinocket address. Well, people in Norcross have a Millinocket address too, but Norcross still isn't in Millinocket, although it's closer to Millinocket than the Big Moose Inn. In the Facebook group, one woman argued, "It's in Millinocket. It's right there on Millinocket Lake." However, Millinocket Lake isn't in Millinocket either.
     
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