Tim Cox

Washington County

Ted Verrill (left), president and CEO of Halcyon Tidal Power, listens while Ramez Atiya (right), a Utah physicist who is chairman and chief technology officer of the company, addresses Pembroke residents.

Pembroke residents question proposed power project

By Tim Cox on Aug. 09, 2014, at 9:01 a.m.
PEMBROKE, Maine — Local residents were joined by people from other Washington County communities Friday in railing against and questioning a proposed project to build a dam-like structure across the Pennamaquan River to generate electricity. Ted Verrill, president and CEO of Halcyon Tidal Power, and Ramez Atiya, a Utah physicist …
Dick Dale performing earlier this year. He will headline the 27th Guitars by the Sea festival at Rossport Farms in Eastport on Saturday.

Dick Dale, the legendary ‘King of Surf Guitar,’ still rocks

By Tim Cox, BDN Staff on Aug. 07, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — Old rockers never fade away. They just die. That’s how Neil Young envisioned it in the lyrics to his song “Out of the Blue,” which includes the lines, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” That could very well be the credo of Dick Dale, …
This view shows how the Halcyon Tidal Power Pennamaquan facility is almost entirely submerged and will have both the appearance and function of a footbridge.

Company forging ahead with proposed $125 million Pembroke power project

By Tim Cox on Aug. 06, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A company seeking to develop a dam-like structure across the Pennamaquan River in Pembroke and utilize tidal currents to produce electricity began two days of meetings with state and federal officials on Wednesday. Halcyon Tidal Power is seeking approval for a $125 million project to build a …
Pictured is the Roosevelt's cottage located at Roosevelt Campobello International Park, which is marking its 50th anniversary on Saturday.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park to celebrate 50th anniversary

By Tim Cox on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
CAMPOBELLO ISLAND, New Brunswick — Roosevelt Campobello International Park will hold a celebration Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the park, where U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer home is preserved. It is the world’s only true international park, according to officials, established by a treaty between the U.S. …
Chief Joseph Socobasin of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township

Federal grant will advance Passamaquoddy maple syrup venture

By Tim Cox on Aug. 01, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
PLEASANT POINT, Maine — The Passamaquoddy Tribe has been awarded a federal grant that will enable it to advance its fledgling maple syrup production enterprise. The tribe was awarded a rural business enterprise grant of $99,500, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced recently. The funds will be used to help …

Resignations will leave Columbia Falls town office vacant

By Tim Cox on July 31, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — The town office likely will be closed for the near future after the sudden resignations of the mother and daughter who were the town’s office staff. Treasurer Lenora Weaver and her daughter Nancy Bailey, town clerk, resigned in letters submitted to the Board of Selectmen last …

Fog Festival kicks off five days of music on Campobello Island

By Tim Cox on July 30, 2014, at 5:16 p.m.
CAMPOBELLO ISLAND, New Brunswick — Two performances were scheduled Wednesday night to kick off the second annual Campobello Island’s Fog Festival, five days of free music. Brian Flynn and Blair Tinker and friends were scheduled to perform the first night of the festival, which features artists performing at different venues …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith

Judge dismisses appeals by Washington County sheriff in unemployment disputes

By Tim Cox on July 30, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A Washington County Superior Court judge Wednesday granted motions to dismiss appeals brought by Sheriff Donnie Smith in disputes with two former employees of the county jail over unemployment benefits. An attorney for one of the employees and an assistant attorney general argued during the hearing and …
A worker at the Wyman's of Maine processing plant in Cherryfield conducts a quality control inspection on a 30-pound box of frozen wild blueberries in August 2013.

Wyman & Son acquires 8,000 acres in New Brunswick, expands processing plant on Prince Edward Island

By Tim Cox on July 29, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
MILBRIDGE, Maine — Jasper Wyman & Son, the largest U.S.-owned grower and processor of wild blueberries, announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement to acquire 8,000 acres in northern New Brunswick in order to increase its supply of the low-bush blueberries. At the same time, the company announced the opening …
Excavators work recently to prepare the building site where Helen's Restaurant used to stand.

Helen’s Restaurant gets permit to rebuild

By Tim Cox on July 28, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Planning Board quickly approved a permit Monday night to allow the owners of Helen’s Restaurant to rebuild after a fire that destroyed the landmark business earlier this month. The panel, meeting in a special session that lasted just over 10 minutes, voted 5-0 to issue …
Excavators work recently to prepare the building site where Helen's Restaurant used to stand.

Owners of Helen’s Restaurant seek permit to rebuild

By Tim Cox on July 28, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The owners of Helen’s Restaurant, the landmark business that was destroyed by fire earlier this month, are seeking a permit to construct a new building on the same site next to U.S. 1. David and Julie Barker applied for a building permit July 17. The Machias Planning …

Wind energy utility leasing more than 7,000 acres of land Down East

By Tim Cox on July 25, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
TRESCOTT, Maine — Atlantic Wind, a subsidiary of a global utility business, has leased thousands of acres in two coastal communities and is gathering data to assess the feasibility of a wind energy project there. Atlantic Wind has leased a little more than 7,200 acres in Washington County, including about …

Downeast LNG proposes expanded project, submits request to energy regulators

By Tim Cox on July 23, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
ROBBINSTON, Maine — Downeast LNG has submitted a pre-filing request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to develop its proposed liquefied natural gas import-export facility, the company announced Wednesday. The request is for a facility with significantly more capacity than the company proposed in June, an expansion that also increases …
This boat at Millennium Marine was damaged and fell over when it filled with water after sprinklers were activated by a fire Wednesday morning.

Fire damages new boatbuilding shop in Eastport

By Tim Cox on July 23, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — A fire at a boatbuilding business destroyed one boat under construction, heavily damaged another, and caused widespread smoke and water damage to the shop Wednesday, the company reported. However, Millenium Marine expects to resume operations within a few days, said spokesman John Miller. Millennium Marine expanded to …

Beals residents oppose reduction in post office hours

By Tim Cox on July 22, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
Standing room only in Beals town office as Postal Service official briefs residents on plans to cut hours at island’s post office.
A sign next to Shirley Beal expresses the view held by islanders who showed up at the town office to meet with a Postal Service official Monday. The Postal Service is considering reducing the hours of the town's post office, where all residents have to pick up their mail.

Post office cutbacks rile Beals islanders

By Tim Cox on July 22, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
BEALS, Maine — Cost-cutting measures under consideration by the U.S. Postal Service came home to roost Monday in the island community of Beals, where lobster traps easily outnumber people. The Postal Service has proposed reducing the hours of the tiny post office on the island, which is connected via bridge …
Machias Valley Christian School, in operation since 1981, is contained in the building of Machias Valley Baptist Church.

Christian school in Machias not re-opening this fall

By Tim Cox on July 21, 2014, at 12:39 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — Machias Valley Christian School, cited earlier this year for fire code violations, will not hold classes for the the 2014-15 school year, the chairman of the school’s board of directors said Monday. The school, which has been in operation since 1981, will attempt to reopen for the …

Woman pulled over dam’s spillway

By Tim Cox on July 20, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
Two teenage boys describe how they came to the aid of a Lubec woman who broke her leg after she was pulled over a dam’s spillway.
Two teenage boys say Erica Lyons jumped off this dam into Gardner Lake, but the current pulled her over a spillway, and she fell into a pool below.

Lubec woman rescued by teens, firefighters after being pulled over dam’s spillway

By Tim Cox on July 20, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
EAST MACHIAS, Maine — A Lubec woman jumped off a dam into Gardner Lake, but the current pulled her down over a spillway Sunday afternoon. She suffered a broken leg in the fall, and two teenage boys came to her aid and pulled her out of the fast-moving stream below. …

Police chief wears other hats

By Tim Cox on July 20, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons organizes activities for youths, visits schools, plans clean-up projects.
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