Articles by Diana Bowley


Condition of woman impaled in July in Sangerville upgraded

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 29, 2011, at 3:33 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The condition of one of two Piscataquis County residents who were impaled in separate accidents in July and September has been ungraded at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Rory Schmand, 47, who was impaled by a tree limb that fell on her vehicle during a thunderstorm …

Tannery clean-up to begin this fall in Dover-Foxcroft

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 26, 2011, at 10:28 p.m.
Selectmen approved an access plan Monday for contractors to reach the sludge lagoons on the Brown’s Mill property. The town has approved an abatement project that will consolidate sludge from pits at the former tannery property elsewhere on the property. The town has $600,000 in brownfields grants …

Republicans to act on replacement for District 24 House seat on Sept. 29

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 26, 2011, at 4:50 p.m.
DEXTER | District 24 Republicans will vote on a nominee for Frederick Wintle’s seat at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Ridge View Community School cafeteria in Dexter. Wintle, who allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at a man in Waterville in May, recently resigned from his seat. District …

Heartwise Walk for Life set for Oct. 1

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 26, 2011, at 4:42 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The 21st Heartwise Walk for Life will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA. The 3.1-mile noncompetitive walk helps support the cardiac rehabilitation program at Mayo Regional Hospital and is Heartwise’s major fundraising event. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. when pledges …
Amy Lake with her children Monica and Coty in an undated photo.

Psychological autopsy being conducted on Dexter murder-suicide

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 23, 2011, at 11:55 a.m.
BANGOR | A psychological autopsy, typically done in high-profile cases such as the Columbine massacre and the Virginia Tech murders, is being conducted on the domestic violence homicides of a Dexter family in an effort to prevent similar tragedies. A team of professionals who have extensive experience with domestic …

County won’t plow road to Big Squaw Mountain resort this year

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 20, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
ABBOT | No open ski resort, no plowed road. That was the decision the Piscataquis County commissioners made Tuesday regarding the winter maintenance of the Big Squaw Mountain access road. The commissioners voted to close the road between November and April for the next five years because there was …

Domestic violence awareness month to be observed in Dover-Foxcroft in October

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 20, 2011, at 7:21 p.m.
A group of Dover-Foxcroft residents plans to color the town purple next month to signify that domestic violence will not be tolerated. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a proclamation as such was signed Tuesday by the Piscataquis County commissioners. The Dover-Foxcroft-based Womancare, a nonprofit …

Former Dexter school project sold to Corinna businessman

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 16, 2011, at 9:01 p.m.
A Newport businessman withdrew from a purchase and sales agreement for the former Dexter Primary and Middle School on Friday to allow the Town Council to accept a higher bid than what he had offered. The council, at a special meeting Friday, voted unanimously to accept the …

Grant awarded for creation of motorized vehicle trail in Moosehead Lake region

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 16, 2011, at 6:51 p.m.
GREENVILLE | Work will begin on a multiuse snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle trail that will link the Greenville Junction Trailhead to the Prong Pond Trailhead thanks to an $18,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture obtained by the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council. Both ATVs and snowmobiles are …

Brownville-Milo selectmen to look at county proposal for police protection

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 16, 2011, at 5:37 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Preparing for another tough economic year ahead, Brownville Town Manager Matthew Pineo is scrutinizing each of his department’s operations in an effort to further reduce costs, including law enforcement coverage. Pineo has asked Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin to submit a proposal for police protection in his …
Dave Butterfield (left) and Chuck Lawrence photographed earlier this year at Tradewinds Supermarket in Milo.

Tradewinds Supermarket seeks TIF for proposed expansion in Milo

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 16, 2011, at 3:10 p.m.
Less than a year after Tradewinds Supermarket opened in the former Milo Farmers Union IGA on Park Street, the owners are looking to expand to better serve the region. Owners Chuck Lawrence and Dave Butterfield have asked the town to consider a Tax Increment Financing package to …

Guilford man finds intruder in home

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 16, 2011, at 2:06 p.m.
A Guilford man returned home for lunch Monday to find someone hastily leaving out the back door of his Blaine Avenue home, according to Lt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. The homeowner gave chase and was joined by two law enforcement officers who were …

Dover-Foxcroft receives a $400,000 grant for two projects

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 15, 2011, at 8:39 p.m.
A project on each end of the downtown will benefit from a $400,000 grant through the Communities for Maine’s Future bond program, which was approved by Maine voters last year. “This represents a significant impetus to restore the former Moosehead Manufacturing property in downtown Dover-Foxcroft as well …
Greenville, Monson and Guilford rescue officials work to free the
driver of a dump truck that collided with a tractor-trailer truck at
about 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the sharp curve at Spectacle Pond in Monson.

St. Albans man dies from injuries in Route 15 accident

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 15, 2011, at 5:50 p.m.
MONSON | A St. Albans man died Thursday night after being critically injured when his dump truck was struck by the trailer of a tractor-trailer that jackknifed on a sharp curve on Route 15. Travis Butler, 37, of St. Albans had to be extricated from the vehicle by Greenville, …

Public hearing on Squaw Mountain access road to be held Sept. 20

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 13, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The Piscataquis County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Abbot Town Hall to discuss the proposed closing of the access road to Squaw Mountain to winter maintenance. At a March public hearing, Greenville-area residents encouraged the commissioners to keep the …

Dangerous Cambridge intersection won’t be discussed at meeting Wednesday

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 13, 2011, at 6:36 p.m.
Despite an earlier report, Cambridge selectmen do not plan to meet with state transportation officials to discuss the dangerous curve at the intersection of routes 150 and 152 at their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the town hall. A Maine Department of Transportation official said last week …
Somerset and Piscataquis county deputies work to count the marijuana
that was taken Tuesday from a Route 23 home in Sangerville. The house
was searched in connection with a robbery Monday night at a
Bingham pharmacy. While there, police found the marijuana and executed
a second search warrant.

Police investigating pharmacy robbery reportedly find 152 marijuana plants

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff on Sept. 13, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.
SANGERVILLE | A man wanted in the armed robbery of a Bingham pharmacy Monday night was arrested at his Sangerville home Tuesday morning by sheriff’s deputies and state police. James Stile, 55, who was taken into custody without incident at his home on Route 23, was charged with Class …

Fire destroys four buildings in Grand Isle Sunday

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 11, 2011, at 11:07 p.m.
GRAND ISLE — Seventy-two firemen from eight Aroostook County fire departments battled a large fire Sunday afternoon that consumed a three-story building, two garages and a vacant house in the so-called Lille section of Grand Isle. Mike True, who owned the three-story building, had been using a soldering iron to …
Patti Dowse

Cambridge woman doing her part to improve the local economy

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 11, 2011, at 8:39 p.m.
Unhappy with the stock market performance, Patti Dowse of Cambridge is investing her money instead in improving the region’s housing stock while providing local jobs. Seated in her modest home recently, Dowse, who owns and operates Erda Leather in Cambridge, said she purchases homes at auctions, upgrades …

Maine DOT, Cambridge officials to discuss sharp curve at intersection

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 11, 2011, at 8:13 p.m.
Maine Department of Transportation officials are expected to meet Wednesday night with Cambridge municipal officials to discuss safety at an intersection where a handful of accidents have occurred, the latest in August. Selectmen will meet at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The topic of the discussion …