Articles by Johanna S. Billings

Colleen S. Morton (left) and Meg Keay relax on Adirondack chairs behind Helen's Restaurant in Machias following a business meeting Friday. The two co-founded Fundy-Acadia Regional Adventures in order to promote tourism in the area.

New venture hopes to boost tourism Down East

By Johanna S. Billings on June 25, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
Two Eastport women are leading a new business venture designed to promote restaurants, gift shops and other attractions for tourists visiting places from Stonington to St. John, New Brunswick.
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Steuben man charged with assault

By Johanna S. Billings on June 24, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
A Steuben man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly attacking another man with a “blackjack” type weapon.
Cyclists travel along the road on the Blue Hill Peninsula. BikeMaine is coming to the Bold Coast in September and community groups hope it can jumpstart bicycle tourism in the region.

Bold Coast sees chance to make region bicycle tourism destination

By Johanna S. Billings on June 23, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
Bicycling could mean business for the coastal Down East.
A "No Trespassing" sign can be seen on Wednesday near Kimball Hall at the University of Maine at Machias in Machias. Kimball Hall will be torn down.

Unsafe UMaine Machias building to be torn down over next few weeks

By Johanna S. Billings on June 22, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
Crews are working this week to get the Kimball Hall site on the University of Maine at Machias campus ready for demolition.
Three Downeast EMS ambulances can be seen in Baileyville in this undated photo. Downeast EMS is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

‘There’s a lot of positives’: Downeast EMS celebrating 15th anniversary

By Johanna S. Billings on June 21, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
Downeast EMS is celebrating its 15th anniversary — and the fact that it has overcome a number of financial problems.
Robert Morris, a resident of the Maine Veterans Home in Machias, prepares to fly to Boston for a Red Sox game on Thursday in Machias.

This bank treated a Maine veteran with private flight to Red Sox game

By Johanna S. Billings on June 17, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
“The bank certainly went above and beyond in this case.”
Machas resident Vince Roberts makes his case for removing fluoride from the town drinking water during the annual town meeting June 15 in Machias.

Machias voters approve keeping fluoride in the water

By Johanna S. Billings on June 16, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
Machias voters Wednesday night elected to continue adding fluoride to the water for the intended purpose of fighting tooth decay.

Applicants, donors sought for program that awards grants to seniors in need

By Johanna S. Billings on June 15, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
Mini-grants can be used for expenses such as glasses, dentures, insurance deductibles and equipment such as wheelchairs and wheelchair ramps.
Mike Roukas (left) of East Machias and Jim Sparaga of Marshfield work to dig out parts of the airport runway lights that need to be replaced. They were part of a volunteer crew working Saturday.

Machias airport improvements prompt chamber to honor volunteers

By Johanna S. Billings on June 14, 2016, at 2:32 p.m.
Renewed interest in and improvements at the airport prompted the area chamber of commerce to recognize members of the Machias Valley Airport Committee as volunteers of the year.
Children work on a project at Lubec Community Outreach Center, one of 20 organizations to receive a grant from the Washington County Fund in 2016.

Washington County Fund celebrates 30 years of giving

By Johanna S. Billings on June 13, 2016, at 4 p.m.
The Washington County Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations in the region, is celebrating 30 years.
A barrel as seen Jan. 19, 2016, at the Machias Water Co. is labeled "sodium fluoride."

Machias voters to decide whether to continue water fluoridation

By Johanna S. Billings on June 12, 2016, at 7:44 a.m.
The issue came up in January when resident Vince Roberts complained that adding fluoride to the water is dangerous.
While executing a search warrant in Whiting, authorities seized approximately 22.5 grams of heroin, 125 dosage units of prescription drugs, 1 gram of crack cocaine, $4,637 in cash and five handguns, along with scales and other evidence of trafficking.

Two charged with drug trafficking in Whiting

By Johanna S. Billings on June 09, 2016, at 2:35 p.m.
Two Whiting residents were charged with drug trafficking after authorities executed a search warrant at their home on June 7.
The public is invited to check out the new Princeton fire station on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The new $500,000 building features three bays, a full kitchen, training rooms and two bathrooms with one shower.

Princeton to celebrate new fire station with open house

By Johanna S. Billings on June 09, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
Princeton firefighters are excited to have a new station without mold or leaks.

Court: Sex offender received fair trial despite actions of spectator

By Johanna S. Billings on June 07, 2016, at 6:28 p.m.
A sign showing a container of popcorn has been created to represent the success of fundraising efforts for the Milbridge Theatre. The red lines at the bottom of the container indicate almost $10,000 has been raised toward a goal of $60,000, the amount needed to purchase the building.

Donations, grant kick-start Milbridge Theatre project funding

By Johanna S. Billings on June 03, 2016, at 6:43 a.m.
Crystal Hitchings, a board member for Gateway: Milbridge, announced Wednesday that the Maine Community Foundation awarded the group $10,000 toward the cost of a business plan.

Money, tools stolen from Milbridge lumber business

By Johanna S. Billings on June 01, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
Local police are asking anyone with information about a burglary at Viking Lumber to contact them.
Team members, from left, Shead teacher Ben Brigham, school committee member Meg McGarvey and Shead teacher Catherine Lee work to plan and design the bicoastal high school for the XQ Super School contest.

Maine high school reaches semifinals for $10 million prize

By Johanna S. Billings on May 18, 2016, at 8:01 p.m.
Shead High School has been named one of 348 semifinalists nationwide for a $10 million XQ Super School prize.
Longfellow Cemetery, one of two cemeteries cared for by the Machias Cemetery Association, can be seen recently in Machias.

These Mainers are breathing new life into caring for the dead

By Johanna S. Billings on May 17, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
Funeral home owner Jonathan McClure has successfully resuscitated a dying Machias Cemetery Association.
Sharon Mack, executive director of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, works in her new office at the train station. The chamber moved from Main Street to the train station May 5-6.

Machias chamber moves into renovated train station

By Johanna S. Billings on May 16, 2016, at 7:08 a.m.
The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has relocated into a historic renovated train station owned by the town.

Elderly couple found dead in Machiasport accidentally suffocated

By Johanna S. Billings on May 13, 2016, at 2:27 p.m.
The couple became entrapped under a heavy piece of furniture, according to the Maine medical examiner’s office.