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Tidewater Oil Co. driver Dan Mailloux makes a delivery in Northport on Friday. Matthew Porter, owner of the Belfast-based company, says he has had to cut his profit margin and cancel advertising to reduce operating costs during this year’s volatile oil market. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS)

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SmallOil1JCR.jpg Dan Mailloux, a driver for Belfast-based Tidewater Oil, walks back to a company truck after making a delivery in Northport Friday afternoon, November 23, 2007. “The price [of oil] is the biggest problem,” said Mailloux. “I hear it more than anyone else, being a truck driver. Most of my customers grin and bear it.” ( Bangor Daily News/ John Clarke Russ)