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Brownville store offers event pass to G-P workers

Article from Bangor Daily News, Tuesday, June 20, 2006

By Diana Bowley
Staff Writer

BROWNVILLE - A token of compassion is being offered from an unlikely source to the displaced workers of Georgia-Pacific's Old Town mill.

A small business about 37 miles from Old Town has offered each of the laid-off millworkers a free pass to an Eagles Tribute Band concert on July 1. The affected workers need only show a pay stub and their driver's license to gain free entry to the Junction General Store's 7 p.m. outdoor concert.

"We just want to lift up their spirits for one day," said Don Belvin, who co-owns the store with his wife, Coleen, and his brother John Belvin and his wife, Kristine.

"We feel terrible for them, and our hearts and our prayers are there for their families," Belvin said Monday. The workers, most of whom are strangers to the store owners, need to know that people do care, he said.

The Junction General Store has held successful tribute band concerts in the past and have plans for several more in the amphitheater on the property. For those not affected by G-P's closure, the cost of admission is $10. Primitive camping on the property is included in the admission fee.

Thousands turned out for past concerts in the area's newest and largest music park, and Belvin expects the same for this event. "We can, hopefully, pack in as many people as Brownville can handle," he said.

WKIT radio is doing a live remote broadcast during the concert and is awarding prizes.

In addition, the Eagles Tribute Band has issued a challenge to Stephen King, Maine's famed horror writer, to come join them onstage. If King accepts the challenge, his participation would give the displaced workers a lift, according to Belvin.

In any event, the music provided on July 1 should warm the souls hurt by the closure, he said.

"We can only hope and pray that our state can come together and figure something out before we lose any more jobs," Belvin said.

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