Articles by Diana Graettinger

 

Calais residents to vote on school budget, changes to city charter

By Diana Graettinger on June 02, 2009, at 11:19 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — Voters who go to the polls Tuesday will be asked to not only approve the 2009-10 school budget, but to vote on two changes to the city’s charter.

Pleasant Point man gets jail for burglary spree

By Diana Graettinger on June 02, 2009, at 8:49 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A Pleasant Point man will serve six months in jail in connection with a string of break-ins earlier this year.

WCCC president announces plans for retirement

By Diana Graettinger on June 02, 2009, at 8:10 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — After 36 years in Maine public education, William H. Cassidy will retire as president of Washington County Community College effective at the end of this year, President John Fitzsimmons of the Maine Community College System announced Tuesday.

Most motorists zip across St. Croix

By Diana Graettinger on June 01, 2009, at 8:52 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — Motorists who crossed the two bridges connecting Calais with St. Stephen, New Brunswick, faced few delays on Monday, the first day of the requirement to show government-approved …

Budget plans in Calais hold mill rate steady

By Diana Graettinger on May 31, 2009, at 7:57 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — The city held the line on its 2009-10 municipal and school budgets, and so the mill rate is expected to remain the same as last year. The City Council approved the municipal …
People from all over Washington County participated Friday in the fifth annual Relay for Life at Washington County Community College in Calais. Armed with rainwear, they spend the night in support of all those who have either survived or lost their battle with cancer.

Relay For Life raises funds in rain

By Diana Graettinger on May 30, 2009, at 2:41 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — It poured rain off and on throughout the night Friday, but more than 100 participants were undaunted as they walked in support of people who have survived or lost their battles with …

Release of felony suspects causes stir

By Diana Graettinger on May 29, 2009, at 8:57 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith in a May 29 e-mail to the Bangor Daily News accused the District Attorney’s Office of allowing three felony suspects to walk out of jail this week without being arraigned in Machias District Court. Not so, says the district attorney. Michael Povich, …

Relay for Life race starts laps tonight

By Diana Graettinger on May 29, 2009, at 12:23 a.m.
CALAIS, Maine — The area’s fifth annual Relay for Life to help raise money for the American Cancer Society begins tonight at the Washington County Community College.

U.S. Customs prepared for passport law

By Diana Graettinger on May 22, 2009, at 8:56 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — It is crunch time. Beginning June 1, U.S. citizens will have to present either a passport or passcard when entering the United States across land and sea borders from Canada, …

Missing man’s body found on Beals Island

By Diana Graettinger on May 21, 2009, at 10:16 p.m.
BEALS ISLAND, Maine — A local resident found the body of a Jonesport man who was reported missing on Wednesday. The discovery came amid a multi-agency search spearheaded by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Organizers prepare 10th Relay for Life fundraiser

By Diana Graettinger on May 21, 2009, at 9:55 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — The economy may be in a slump, but participants in the 10th annual Relay for Life are pumped now that the event is only a week away.

Danforth violations could lead to hefty fine

By Diana Graettinger on May 21, 2009, at 8:41 p.m.
DANFORTH, Maine — Town officials are working with the Bureau of Labor Standards to unravel some violations that could lead to a hefty penalty.

Jonesport man’s body found in surf

By Diana Graettinger on May 21, 2009, at 11:29 a.m.
BEALS ISLAND, Maine — A multi-agency search spearheaded by the U.S. Coast Guard lead to the recovery of a Jonesport man who went missing on Wednesday. A local resident found the body of Roy …

Calais doctor gives talk about colorectal cancer

By Diana Graettinger on May 20, 2009, at 11:59 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — It is not usually something most people talk about right after dinner, but on Tuesday, colorectal cancer was the topic of an informational dinner with guest speaker Dr. Robert …

Decals available to honor firefighter’s life

By Diana Graettinger on May 19, 2009, at 9:39 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — Decals to commemorate the life of a young firefighter who died earlier this month are available for sale.

Protesters seek Agent Orange inquiry

By Diana Graettinger on May 19, 2009, at 9:08 p.m.
ST. STEPHEN, New Brunswick — About 30 protesters from both sides of the international border marched from the town square to the office of Greg Thompson, the Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs, to present their demands for a public inquiry into the spraying of toxic defoliants at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in past decades.

State police will serve coffee to raise funds

By Diana Graettinger on May 19, 2009, at 8:08 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — There will be lots of traffic stopped at the Dunkin' Donuts on North Street Friday, but no arrests.

New notification system launched by Calais police

By Diana Graettinger on May 19, 2009, at 8:06 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — The city’s police department has launched a new Community Information Service designed to deliver public safety and community event notifications by Internet, e-mail and cell phone.

Eastport budget hinges on state revenue fate

By Diana Graettinger on May 18, 2009, at 8:32 p.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — While other towns are groaning under the strain of trying to put together a municipal budget in the face of state revenue cuts, Eastport is in pretty good shape — for now.

Mill closing to drive up Baileyville water rates

By Diana Graettinger on May 14, 2009, at 9:06 p.m.
BAILEYILLE, Maine — Projected rate hikes of more than 84 percent had water users thunderstruck this week as they tried to figure out how they would pay their bills now that the town’s biggest employer has shut its doors. On May 5, Domtar Industries shut down its pulp mill indefinitely …
 
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