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St. Croix Riverfront

Apple Fest, Quilt Show, Art Along the Riverfront Sept. 27

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 19, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — Saturday, Sept. 27, promises a full day of arts and leisure in the St. Croix Valley. A morning visit to Calais may bring the traveler to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and its annual Apple Fest – complete with breakfast, apple pies, jellies and other delights. A short walk …
From the community

Public supper at Ellsworth church

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 175 Downeast Highway, Ellsworth For more information: 207-667-7641; ELLSWORTH, Maine — St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 175 Downeast Highway, will hold a public supper 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the church. It is a traditional …
Mowry Beach

Whale skeleton recovery to begin in Lubec

By Tim Cox on Sept. 18, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
A group of volunteers will gather at Mowry Beach during low tide Sunday to begin the process of digging up and recovering the bones of a stranded whale was buried at the site 20 years ago. “This is just the beginning,” Rhonda Welcome, one of the organizers …
Emergency responders gather at the scene of an accident on Court Street on the outskirts of Machias late Thursday morning. The vehicle came to rest on the driver's side on the edge of the Down East Sunrise Trail.

Harrington woman, children escape serious injury when vehicle rolls

By Tim Cox on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
MACHIAS | A woman with two young children escaped serious injury when the vehicle they were traveling in went off the road and overturned several times, police reported Thursday. Dayna Alley, 26, of Harrington was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango east on Court Street, also known as U.S. 1A, …
Chris Donahue

Cpl. Chris Donahue named chief deputy for Washington County

By Tim Cox on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
MACHIAS | Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith has promoted Cpl. Chris Donahue to chief deputy. Donahue, the brother of former chief deputy Shawn Donahue, who died of a heart attack in May, has been a member of Smith’s staff just over a year. He joined the office as a …

Passamaquoddy Tribe gets $250,000 grant for syrup plant in Jackman

By Tim Cox on Sept. 17, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
PRINCETON | The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township will receive a $250,000 federal grant to build a maple syrup processing facility in Jackman. The grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission was announced by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King on Tuesday. The tribe was awarded a Rural …
Woodland Pulp is located on the international border between Baileyville, Maine, and New Brunswick, Canada.

FAME closes bond deal to help finance new tissue plant in Baileyville

By Tim Cox on Sept. 17, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
The Finance Authority of Maine closed a $7.5 million bond deal Wednesday that is one piece of the financing package for a $120 million tissue mill that will be constructed at Woodland Pulp. FAME will issue the taxable bond through its Major Business Expansion Program for St. …
David and Julie Barker manage to smile despite the fire that reduced their landmark Machias business, Helen's Restaurant, to smoldering rubble in the background. They plan to rebuild.

Helen’s owners expect to submit plans for new restaurant soon to state officials

By Tim Cox on Sept. 16, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
MACHIAS | The owners of Helen’s Restaurant hope to submit plans to state officials soon for a new building and begin construction within weeks. David and Julie Barker also hope to open the new restaurant by the end of February, the husband said Tuesday. “That’s our goal,” said David …
Hannaford Supermarkets has reached an agreement with Paradis Shop ’n Save to purchase supermarkets the company operates in Houlton, Caribou and Calais.

Hannaford to purchase Eastern Maine Paradis supermarkets

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH | Hannaford Supermarkets has reached an agreement with Paradis Shop ’n Save to purchase supermarkets the company operates in Houlton, Caribou and Calais. The purchase of the stores is expected to be completed later this fall. Paradis stores in Fort Kent, Madawaska and Brewer are not affected by …
From the community

Pet adoption event in Trenton

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 15, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Tractor Supply, Route 3, Trenton For more information: 207-667-8088 TRENTON, Maine — In recognition of Pet Appreciation Week, The SPCA of Hancock County is holding an adoption event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Tractor Supply Co. on Route 3 …
Dawn Crocker

Four arrested in connection with drug trafficking operation in Washington County

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 11, 2014, at 9:05 p.m.
ROQUE BLUFFS | Four people have been arrested on drug charges as the result of a joint investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith and MDEA Cmdr. Peter Arno said in a news release. Dawn Crocker, 31 of …
From the community

Quilt show ‘Around the Block’ on Sept. 26

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
CALAIS, Maine — A quilt show “Around the Block” will be held 1-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Calais Congregational Church, 21 Calais Ave. A quilt will be raffled with 100 percent of the proceeds given to Ronald McDonald House in Bangor. Chinese auction, vendors, …

Columbia Falls selectmen agree to convey municipal building to Wreaths Across America

By Tim Cox on Sept. 09, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
Lawyers representing the town of Columbia Falls and Wreaths Across America are still working on an agreement under which the nonprofit organization will take over ownership of the municipal building and lease back office space to the town. The Board of Selectmen voted recently to approve …
Students at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine enrolled in the marine systems engineering program work with a computer and small engine earlier this year. The school was ranked eighth among regional colleges in the north by U.S. News & World Report.

Bowdoin, MMA lead Maine colleges ranked by U.S. News & World Report

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 09, 2014, at 9:19 a.m.
BANGOR | Colleges and universities in Maine were pitted against their peers across the country on Tuesday when U.S. New & World Report released its 2015 Best Colleges list. The list is used widely by students and parents selecting a school to attend and by alumni seeking to evaluate …
Fred and Nancy Hastings look over proofs as they work on this week's edition of The Downeast Coastal Press. They will retire and cease publication before Thanksgiving.

Cutler couple to halt weekly newspaper Downeast Coastal Press after 26 years

By Tim Cox on Sept. 08, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
In the middle of the shed converted to an office, there is the ping-pong table. On the ping-pong table, which takes up most of the space in the room, there are the proofs spread out neatly — page upon page of letter-sized paper, each one a small …
From the community

Baskets, Beetles and the Future: Sustaining Wabanaki Traditions in a Changing World

By Tamara Field on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor For more information: 207-581-3196 The potential arrival of the emerald ash borer in Maine threatens ash trees that are central to Wabanaki basket making and ways of life. But students and faculty …
Firefighters apply water to a Machias house on Thursday as flames are visible on the attached barn. The fire was intentionally set in the area of the barn, Fire Chief Joey Dennison reported Saturday.

Fire that destroyed Machias home was arson, says chief

By Tim Cox on Sept. 06, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
A fire that destroyed a house and an attached barn this week was the result of arson, Fire Chief Joey Dennison reported Saturday. Thursday’s fire was intentionally set, said Dennison. He was informed of the finding by an investigator of the office of the State Fire Marshal …
Machias Seal Island is located about 12 miles off the coast of Cutler. The waters near the island are referred to as the "gray zone" because both Canada and the U.S. claim the island. Canadian lobstermen fish in the region under Canadian regulations, and Maine lobstermen fish in the region under Maine laws and regulations.

Canadians heat up lobster fishing in ‘gray zone’ off Cutler

By Tim Cox on Sept. 06, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
The disputed “gray zone” around Machias Seal Island has become a bone of contention again for Maine lobster fishermen who set traps in the region. Canadian fishermen also ply the disputed waters, and there are more of them this year, which does not sit well with Down …

New leadership elected at both Passamaquoddy reservations

By Tim Cox on Sept. 04, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe this week narrowly defeated two incumbent officers and elected new leaders for its reservations at Indian Township and Pleasant Point. The tribe’s new chiefs-elect immediately said that Passamaquoddy fishing rights will be a high priority for the new administrations. The tribe has been embroiled in …
Flames shoot from the roof of burning two-story home as firefighters apply water.

Fire destroys Machias home

By Tim Cox on Sept. 04, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
A fire that appeared to start in a barn spread rapidly to an attached house and destroyed the home on Thursday. Firefighters were summoned to the house at 46 West St. in the late morning and remained on the scene into the early evening. The fire largely …
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