Articles by Rick Levasseur


Emergency outage in Aroostook County planned this afternoon to make repairs to power system

By Rick Levasseur on July 28, 2014, at 1:17 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Utility crews with Emera Maine will be turning off power for about two hours this afternoon to customers along Route 11 from Fort Kent to Allagash in order to make emergency repairs to the system. Emera reported that the outage was expected to last from 1:30 …

Obama signs law containing provision that helps Maine farmers

By Rick Levasseur on June 10, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Revisions in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, which President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday, modify federal environmental rules that help farmers across Maine, according to U.S. Sen. Angus King. Specifically, the modification — co-sponsored by King — shields Maine farmers from having …
A car driven by Jayde McNinch, who was involved in a Monday night crash in Smyrna, is shown in this photo contributed by state police.

Driver, trooper injured as black ice causes accidents in southern Aroostook

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 29, 2013, at 8:19 a.m.
SMYRNA, Maine — Black ice and slick roads caused a pair of accidents here Monday night that injured one driver and a Maine state trooper. The events began when Jayde McNinch, 19, of Littleton encountered a patch of black ice while headed north on Interstate 95 and skidded off the …
A sign marks the entry to Long Lake Camps in Princeton, where a shooting was reported Tuesday afternoon.

Princeton shooter’s death ruled a suicide

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 02, 2013, at 6:38 p.m.
PRINCETON, Maine — The hunting and fishing camp owner who was wounded by a gunman Tuesday evening is recovering and in good condition, according to a spokesperson at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Maine State Police reported Tuesday that Steve Whitman, 60, was shot that afternoon at the campground …
A rare form of infant cancer has claimed the left eye of Londyn Elise Porter, who at age seven months is fighting for survival after her cancer spread from her left to right eye and into her brain. Born in Maine and now living with her mother and grandmother in California, the child's medical ordeal has dominated the thoughts and prayers of family and friends on both coasts.

Fundraiser in Lubec to benefit child with rare form of cancer

By Rick Levasseur on July 25, 2013, at 8:37 p.m.
LUBEC, Maine — A fundraiser with several events will be held this Saturday to help the family of Londyn Elise Porter, a 10-month-old girl diagnosed with a rare and likely fatal form of cancer. The benefit, being held from 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m. at the Lubec Elementary School, …

Bingham honoring, saying farewell to Sister Dorothy Bujold

By Rick Levasseur on June 21, 2013, at 5:53 p.m.
BINGHAM, Maine — Sister Dorothy Bujold of the Congregation of St. Joseph has excelled in many roles, including as a teacher, parish worker and advocate for peace, over 64 years and on three continents, including the last decade at St. Peter Church in Bingham. On Saturday, June 22, the 87-year-old …

Two injured in crash in front of Linneus restaurant

By Rick Levasseur on Jan. 21, 2013, at 6:58 p.m.
LINNEUS, Maine — Two people were injured shortly after noon on Monday in a three-vehicle collision in front of a restaurant on Route 2A. The crash happened at about 12:30 p.m. when Daniel Griffin, 80, of Hodgdon, who was headed north on Route 2A, pulled in front of an approaching …

Mars Hill man seriously injured after clothes catch in potato machine

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 10, 2012, at 5:43 p.m.
MAPLETON, Maine — A 22-year-old Mars Hill man was nearly choked to death Wednesday morning when his clothes got caught in a bin piler machine at a potato house where he was working. Maine State Police Sgt. Josh Haines commended the quick actions of co-workers for cutting Gregory Cousins loose …

Bangor Hydro hastily schedules outage Down East to make repairs

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 05, 2012, at 12:23 p.m.
JONESBORO, Maine — Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. announced Friday morning that it would be shutting down power in Jonesboro and parts of Jonesport Friday afternoon to replace part of a damaged pole. The outage, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and last about 90 minutes, will affect most of …

Presque Isle airport awarded $143,000 federal grant

By Rick Levasseur on Aug. 28, 2012, at 4:23 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle a $143,450 grant to replace airfield guidance signs and pavement markings that are required to enhance aircraft visual guidance and safety. “This DOT funding is certainly welcome news for The County …

State offering free pesticides disposal to homeowners, family farms

By Rick Levasseur on Aug. 10, 2012, at 3:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Several state agencies are partnering to provide homeowners a free opportunity this fall to dispose of old pesticides that may be stockpiled on their properties. Required registration — the deadline for which is Sept. 28 — is now open for the disposal day, which gives owners of …

Aroostook Medical Center nurses sponsoring coat drive for needy

By Rick Levasseur on Dec. 01, 2011, at 5:16 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Aroostook Medical Center nurses are sponsoring a coat drive to help the needy during the holiday season. The nurses also are sponsoring a Float for Coat Collection in the Christmas Light Parade on Saturday. “With the cost of heat rising for Mainers this winter, the …

Linneus home burglarized while wife was attending husband’s funeral

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 05, 2011, at 12:16 p.m.
LINNEUS, Maine — Police are asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary that happened at a local home while the wife and other family members were attending her husband’s funeral. One or more burglars rummaged through the Linneus residence and stole several items during the afternoon on Oct. …

Celebration to mark Northern Maine Community College’s 50th year

By Rick Levasseur on Sept. 07, 2011, at 7:36 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Throughout the year, Northern Maine Community College has been hosting events to celebrate 50 years as an academic institution. In June, it held a special ceremony to recognize its founders on its official 50th anniversary. Now NMCC is planning a two-day gala beginning Friday to thank …

Fort Fairfield, Easton Amish families bring out the best in people

By Kathryn Olmstead on July 07, 2011, at 1:39 p.m.
I am pushing the speed limit on Route 1A between Fort Fairfield and Easton when I come upon a black horse-drawn buggy, a replica of the image on a caution sign I just passed. Reflexively, I disengage the cruise control. Interesting, I think. Why did I do that? Safety? Respect? …

11 projects in Maine awarded $3.2 million to convert from oil-to-wood heat

By Rick Levasseur on May 23, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Eleven oil-to-wood heating projects in Maine are receiving $3.2 million in federal stimulus funds, according to Gov. Paul LePage. The Wood to Energy Grants Program grants are the third and final round awarded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. The grants, awarded through the …

King Foundation gives UMFK $25,000 for new library roof

By Rick Levasseur on April 01, 2011, at 8:17 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent has received a $25,000 grant from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation for a new roof and roofing insulation for the university’s Waneta T. Blake Library. Blake Library serves more than 10,000 area residents and university students each year, …

Presque Isle seniors now have place to gather

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on March 24, 2011, at 12:25 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — After many years of discussion, including occasional public comments made during City Council meetings, senior citizens in the Star City now have a place to call their own for the purpose of holding meetings, gathering for luncheons, recreational use and even a class or two. “The …

Red Cross conducting blood drives around the state in April

By Rick Levasseur on March 20, 2011, at 2:39 p.m.
The American Red Cross, Northern New England Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout Maine in April. All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood to make sure there is an adequate blood supply for patients in need. All donors will receive …
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