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A man snow blows the sidewalk on Tuesday in front of a hotel on Fore Street in Portland.

Parts of Maine to be hit with deep freeze as snowstorm winds down Saturday

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 30, 2015, at 7:45 p.m.
BANGOR | Light snow that began falling across the state Friday morning intensified by afternoon, dropping more than half a foot of snow in southern and western Maine by Friday evening. The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for the entire state, effective through Saturday morning and …

Superintendent resigns days after panel reduces discipline against Calais basketball players

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 30, 2015, at 6:37 p.m.
A disciplinary matter involving members of the Calais High School girls basketball team and its aftermath have left many community members disappointed and may have prompted the superintendent of schools to tender his resignation. Robert F. Moholland, a native of the area who was hired to the …

Driver in fatal East Machias accident pleads no contest to charges

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 30, 2015, at 4:51 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | The new district attorney for Hancock and Washington counties said problematic evidence led him to accept a misdemeanor plea in a vehicular manslaughter case that involved the death of a Whiting teenager three years ago. Aaron Foss, 23, was the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup …
Bangor Public Works crews were busy removing snow from public parking lots and the side of downtown streets, to make room for the next storm, that is expected to bring another 6 to 12 inches of snow by Saturday morning.

Friday storm to intensify as day goes on

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 30, 2015, at 7:56 a.m.
GRAY | Light snow was beginning to fall across the state Friday morning as a winter storm worked its way into the region. The storm, expected to bring more than a foot of snow in some areas, comes in the wake of a Tuesday blizzard that dumped more than …
A man shovels snow from the balcony of a building near the Bangor Waterfront.

National Weather Service predicting another foot or more of snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 29, 2015, at 8:50 a.m.
GRAY | Much of the state enjoyed clear blue skies Thursday, but that will change rapidly as another snowstorm bears down on the area. The National Weather Service has placed the entire state under a winter storm warning, as a front moving in from the Great Lakes is expected …

Births for Hancock, Washington and Androscoggin counties

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 12:51 p.m.
At Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor To Lindsay Young, Ellsworth, a daughter, Lilah Faith Young, on Nov. 1, 2014. To Susanne and Stephen Hopkins, Bar Harbor, a son, Abram William Dorr Hopkins, on Nov. 2, 2014. To Lisa Ireland and Joshua Ehrlich, Bar Harbor, a son, Skyler Ireland Ehrlich, …
Adam Earley digs out a sidewalk Wednesday in Portland after a blizzard dumped snow on the city.

Not much of a break: National Weather Service predicting Friday storm in aftermath of blizzard

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 28, 2015, at 8:52 a.m.
CARIBOU | People across Maine spent Wednesday digging out after a major winter storm featuring blizzard conditions dumped more than 2 feet of snow on much of the state over the previous 36 hours. Winter-weary Mainers won’t get much of a reprieve, according to the National Weather Service, which …
A quiet downtown Bangor in the storm.

Blizzard whips into Maine

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 27, 2015, at 9:11 a.m.
BANGOR | Traffic was light in Bangor on Tuesday as a snowstorm brought blizzard conditions into the state. Up to 24 inches of snow are expected in certain parts of the state by the time the storm subsides Wednesday. Tuesday’s snowfall totals varied across the state, with southern Maine …
The National Weather Service office as seen Monday in Caribou.

‘Calm before the storm’: National Weather Service readies for blizzard in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 26, 2015, at 7:06 p.m.
CARIBOU | Things were pretty quiet Monday afternoon at the National Weather Service office in Caribou as what could be a major snowstorm started churning its way up the Eastern Seaboard toward Maine. “This really is the calm before the storm,” Richard Okulski, meteorologist in charge at the Caribou …

State finds no wrongdoing in how Columbia Falls funds were handled

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 26, 2015, at 4:52 p.m.
After looking into allegations that municipal funds were mishandled, the Maine Office of the Attorney General has concluded that nothing improper took place and has closed its inquiry, according to officials. In a letter dated Jan. 20 and addressed “to whom it may concern,” Brian MacMaster, …
Mike Marshall (left) directs the driver of a plow truck to attach to a plow with Robert Lyford (right) at Bangor Public Works on Monday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming storm, which is predicted to drop 18 to 24 inches of snow starting Monday night.

Flights canceled, plows readied, shoppers hit stores before blizzard

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 26, 2015, at 11:33 a.m.
BANGOR | As Maine braced for a major snowstorm expected to include blizzard conditions late Monday through early Wednesday, the state’s airports canceled flights, plow crews prepared for difficult road conditions, and shoppers stocked up before hunkering down. The National Weather Service put much of the state under a …
Peter Dunston of Cherryfield, a U.S. Army veteran, plays taps on the bugle while dressed as a World War II soldier during a brief ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Bulge. About a dozen people gathered Sunday at perpetually lit Christmas tree on land owned by Worcester Wreath Co. to remember the battle, considered one of the largest and bloodiest of World War II.

Small crowd lays wreath for 70th anniversary of bloody Battle of the Bulge

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 25, 2015, at 6:03 p.m.
COLUMBIA FALLS | A small group of people gathered Sunday to commemorate a battle of World War II known as one of the largest and bloodiest of the conflict. Gathering by a perpetually lit Christmas tree, a symbol of the Battle of the Bulge because of its timing around …
Snow falls in downtown Ellsworth early Saturday afternoon as a storm moves north along the East Coast. With predictions between 6 and 10 inches, interior portions of Hancock and Washington counties were expected to get the majority of the snowfall in Maine.

Winter storm moving up East Coast causes accidents in coastal Maine

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 24, 2015, at 12 p.m.
A winter storm moving up the East Coast that is expected to bring several inches of snow to eastern Maine by Sunday morning caused a spate of vehicle accidents Saturday in coastal Maine, according to reports. The storm is expected to dump between 6 to 10 inches of snow in …
People cross West Market Square on a snowy December evening in Bangor.

Coastal storm could produce up to 10 inches of snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 23, 2015, at 8:51 a.m.
GRAY | With a winter storm trucking its way up the East Coast, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of the state. The storm is expected to bring heavy snow to southeastern New Hampshire and coastal Maine Saturday afternoon into Saturday night, according …

Charges dropped against woman accused of hitting Donnie Smith in bus melee

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 22, 2015, at 3:55 p.m.
MACHIAS | Criminal charges against a Trescott woman who was accused of getting into a roadside altercation last October with then-sheriff Donnie Smith have been dismissed, according to her defense attorney. Jeffrey Davidson, who represents Deborah Bousquet, said in an email Thursday that his client’s criminal case “was dismissed …

East Machias man gets six months in 2012 crash that killed 16-year-old

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 22, 2015, at 12:05 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | An East Machias man will spend six months behind bars in connection with a 2012 accident that killed his 16-year-old passenger. Aaron Foss, 22, was handed down his sentence under a plea agreement to charges of driving to endanger and reckless conduct on Tuesday, Hancock County District …
Light snow falls in Bangor on Jan. 9.

National Weather Service: Saturday winter storm possible

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 22, 2015, at 10:38 a.m.
CARIBOU | A winter storm tracking up the eastern seaboard could bring significant snowfall to Maine this weekend. According to the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast center, Washington and Hancock counties are expected to get the bulk of the snowfall, with the storm’s track expected to be just to …
From the community

Wreaths Across America to commemorate Battle of the Bulge

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 21, 2015, at 1:15 p.m.
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — Wreaths Across America will host a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the perpetually lit Christmas tree on Route 1 in Columbia Falls, followed by an educational session at WAA headquarters, 4 Point …

Weather service warns of glare ice on Maine roads, walkways

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 19, 2015, at 8:02 p.m.
BANGOR | The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Monday evening warning that the arrival of arctic air from Quebec will result in refreezing, which in turn could result in slick roads and pedestrian walkways in northern and eastern Maine. Affected areas include Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, …
From the community

Budget Meeting

By Karen Raye on Jan. 19, 2015, at 6:17 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Perry Municipal Building, Route One, Perry, ME For more information: 207-853-9406 The Perry Board of Selectmen will be holding a public budget discussion to provide citizens an opportunity to participate in the process for developing the Town budget for 2015-16. …
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