Articles by Diana Graettinger


Program unites Bangor, Perry churches

By Diana Graettinger on June 30, 2009, at 10:06 a.m.
PERRY, Maine – Two churches – one in Bangor and the other in this small community – may be miles apart geographically, but are close in Christian spirit. At a recent meeting at the Perry Congregational Church on Shore Road, church members agreed to allocate their mission giving and become …

Eastport plans celebration for Fourth of July

By Diana Graettinger on June 29, 2009, at 7:41 p.m.
Organizers are planning a celebration for this year’s Fourth of July and Old Home Week. The U.S. Coast Guard’s 110-foot Jefferson Island Class patrol boat will be in port, …

Rebuilding Fort Sullivan

By Diana Graettinger on June 29, 2009, at 7:29 p.m.
EASTPORT | The former powder house in what was once a British-held fort has seen a lot of years since it was built in the 1800s, and today it is just a shell of itself.

Calais Fire-EMS starts service 2 weeks early

By Diana Graettinger on June 25, 2009, at 10:35 p.m.
The city kicked off its ambulance service two weeks ahead of schedule and, according to city officials, it has been a huge success. Calais Fire-EMS had its first run on June 14. On Thursday, Calais City Manager Diane Barnes credited her staff for getting the service up …

Uncertainty marks Domtar startup

By Diana Graettinger on June 24, 2009, at 9:45 p.m.
BAILEYVILLE | The rumble of machinery was coming from the pulp mill early Wednesday morning as boiler stacks billowed and workers, some smiling, headed into the plant after a layoff of more …

Calais gears up for bicentennial celebration

By Diana Graettinger on June 23, 2009, at 10:22 p.m.
The city turns 200 this year and a bang-up birthday party has been planned.

Boy rides bike into side of pickup in Eastport

By Diana Graettinger on June 22, 2009, at 11:22 p.m.
A 15-year-old boy riding a bicycle was injured Sunday after he apparently ran through a stop sign and smashed into the side of a pickup truck. The incident happened around 1 …

Coast Guard uses Facebook to close a case

By Diana Graettinger on June 22, 2009, at 9:34 p.m.
DENNYSVILLE | Coast Guard Sector Northern New England early Sunday morning was ready to launch a search for a missing fisherman out of Cobscook Bay State Park, when the Facebook Web site …

$350,000 to help restore Machiasport landmark

By Diana Graettinger on June 18, 2009, at 9:36 p.m.
A $350,000 Community Development Block Grant means that the $1.1 million restoration of the town’s historic Liberty Hall can move forward.

Cow moose collides with Shead High team bus

By Diana Graettinger on June 17, 2009, at 11:10 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 31 | The Shead High School boys baseball team received a jolt late Tuesday night when the bus they were riding in was struck by an inattentive moose.

Princeton woman, 77, escorts armed intruder from home at gunpoint

By Diana Graettinger on June 15, 2009, at 10:33 p.m.
PORTLAND | Some parents are calling for a review of commencement policies after disruptions marred the traditional pomp and circumstance at Bonny Eagle High School’s graduation.

Woman charged with theft of $30,000

By Diana Graettinger on June 10, 2009, at 8:21 p.m.
MACHIAS | A 46-year-old Lubec woman allegedly has stolen nearly $30,000 from an East Machias gasoline station and convenience store, Sheriff Donnie Smith said Wednesday.

Domtar to restart pulp mill

By Diana Graettinger on June 10, 2009, at 10:51 a.m.
BAILEYVILLE | Domtar Corp. is reopening its pulp mill in eastern Maine this month just seven weeks after shutting it down indefinitely because of weak global demand for pulp, high inventory levels …

Community college program to aid students

By Diana Graettinger on June 10, 2009, at 12:25 a.m.
CALAIS | There may be little excuse not to attend college — community college, that is — now that the Maine Community College System has introduced its Graduation Protection Assurance program. The program will cover the cost of tuition and fees for eligible full-time dependent students whose parents recently …

OSHA cites Domtar for safety violations

By Diana Graettinger on June 09, 2009, at 11:06 p.m.
BAILEYVILLE | Montreal-based Domtar Inc. faces $107,000 in fines after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for 29 alleged serious violations of safety standards at its pulp mill in this Washington County town, federal officials said in a press release Tuesday. Domtar …

Machias voters cut budget

By Diana Graettinger on June 04, 2009, at 8:55 p.m.
Voters took more than two hours Wednesday to cut about $15,000 from the town’s 2009-10 budget. About 60 of the town’s 1,700 residents attended the meeting. Most of the cuts will come from employee cost-of-living increases and salaries. The proposed total town and school budget was more …

Three charged in burglaries appear in court

By Diana Graettinger on June 04, 2009, at 8:34 p.m.
MACHIAS | Three people accused as accomplices in a string of burglaries and thefts that stretched from Lubec to Machias appeared in Washington County Superior Court on Thursday. Jessica Moore, 24, and Ashley Paquette, 19, both of Machias, and Kristopher Preston, 22, of Roque Bluffs each were charged with …

Whiting investigation yields marijuana cultivation charge

By Diana Graettinger on June 03, 2009, at 8:25 p.m.
Maine Drug Enforcement agents assigned to the Down East District Task Force following a tip found about 50 marijuana plants growing in a wooded area last month and arrested a Lubec man on charges of cultivating the plants.

Machias voters fill municipal positions

By Diana Graettinger on June 03, 2009, at 8:18 p.m.
Danny Manchester and Glenn Davis walked away with the two seats on the Board of Selectmen that were up for grabs in the town’s municipal election Tuesday.

Arrests made in Washington County burglaries

By Diana Graettinger on June 03, 2009, at 7:45 p.m.
MACHIAS | Inside information and good police work helped the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and other police agencies crack several burglary and theft cases that stretched from Lubec to Machias, Sheriff Donnie Smith said Wednesday.