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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 …
From the community

Roast beef supper in Cherryfield

Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2014, at 10:02 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 12 River Road, Cherryfield, Maine CHERRYFIELD, Maine — A savory roast beef supper will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Cost is adults $9 and children $4. …

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.
Bob Fitzsimmons, Baileyville Chief of Police.

‘That’s what neighbors do for neighbors’: Baileyville police chief a civic leader

By Tim Cox on July 20, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
BAILEYVILLE, Maine — The town of Baileyville got a lot more in the bargain when Bob Fitzsimmons was named police chief a little over a year ago. They also got an assistant for the town’s department of parks and recreation and another public works employee thrown in for good measure …
Maddy McVicar

Calais standout Maddy McVicar to play basketball at UMaine

By Pete Warner on July 18, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
Maddy McVicar has the ability to dictate the tempo and flow of a basketball game from the point guard position. Her physical skills and the intangibles she has demonstrated on the court for Calais High School have earned her a scholarship at the University of Maine. McVicar, a two-time Bangor …
Ashley Handzlik

Machias woman who slammed door against police chief found guilty of assault

By Tim Cox on July 17, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A local woman who slammed a door against Machias police Chief Grady Dwelley was found guilty of two charges and sentenced to five days in jail Thursday. Superior Court Judge Dan Billings found Ashley Handzlik, 24, guilty of assault and refusing to submit to arrest in a …

Narraguagus High School fourth quarter honor roll

on July 17, 2014, at 2:54 p.m.
Narraguagus High School, Harrington Fourth quarter honor roll Grade 12, high honors: Carolyn DeSchiffart, Monica Spatafore; honors: Francesca “Frankie” Couture, Nevin Dorr, Samuel Duenas, Joshua Goston, Emily Grant, Carol Ann Moores, Anna Ramsay, Bayley Ray-Smith, Danielle Robinson, Eben Slicer. Grade 11, high honors: Jonella Esposito, Caryl Ann Young; honors: Amber …
Mitchell Worcester

Former Washburn star Mitch Worcester to play basketball at Husson

By Larry Mahoney on July 17, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
For mer Washburn High School star Mitchell Worcester, the second-leading scorer in Maine schoolboy basketball history, has transferred to Husson University in Bangor after a year at the University of Maine. Worcester was a nonscholarship player at Maine this past season and was redshirted. He practiced with the team but …
About 150 people, representing blueberry growers, processors, vendors and suppliers, gather at Blueberry Hill Farm, the wild blueberry research and Cooperative Extension facility, for the annual summer field day and meeting.

Fruitful wild blueberry season predicted as industry shifts marketing efforts

By Tim Cox on July 16, 2014, at 5:09 p.m.
JONESBORO, Maine — It should be a fruitful season — above average — for wild Maine blueberries, according to an expert and growers who attended an annual meeting and field day event Wednesday. About 150 people, representing growers, processors, vendors and suppliers, attended the gathering at Blueberry Hill Farm, the …
From the community

Summer book sales at Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville

By anncarter on July 15, 2014, at 11:57 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. Location: Lincoln Memorial Library, Dennysville, Maine , King Street (Rte. 86), Dennysville, Maine For more information: 207-214-4540 DENNYSVILLE, Maine — Wednesdays, beginning July 23rd, will be the time to find bargain priced books at the library in Dennysville. from 2:30 to …
Allen Richardson

Danforth couple indicted on drug trafficking charges

By Tim Cox on July 15, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A Danforth couple who were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after a fire at their mobile home earlier this year have been indicted by a Washington County grand jury. Allen Richardson, 39, and Tabbatha Osnoe, 31, were each indicted on a single count of unlawful trafficking …
Nate Young

Federal judge grants stay in former Bar Harbor police chief’s wrongful dismissal lawsuit

By Bill Trotter on July 15, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — In the name of “judicial economy,” a federal judge has granted a stay in a lawsuit the town’s former police chief has filed against Bar Harbor. The decision, issued Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison, will allow Nate Young to get a ruling from the …
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.

Investigators unable to pinpoint cause of Machias restaurant fire; more than $24,000 raised for displaced workers

By Tim Cox on July 15, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — Fire investigators will not be able to pinpoint the cause of a fire that destroyed a landmark Washington County business, a state official said Tuesday. A fire erupted at Helen’s Restaurant on U.S. Route 1 in the early morning hours of Friday last week. Despite the efforts …

Banding geese at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

on July 15, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
My daughter Taylor is the Youth Conservation Corps leader at Moosehorn National Refuge. When she mentioned banding geese I was all over it. “Can I help?” “I think so. Call Maury or Ray.” Maury Mills manages the Woodcock Singing Ground Survey I’ve been participating in for so long, and Ray …
Taylor Kilgore (left) and Clinton Boothby are lawyers at Boothby Perry LLC in Turner.

As state lawyers age, few law school graduates seeking to replace them in rural Maine

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
TURNER, Maine — Taylor Kilgore and the law firm she works for in Oxford County, Boothby Perry LLC, could be a model for making sure there are lawyers serving the needs of rural Maine into the mid-21st century. The lawyers practicing in Maine are aging, especially those who practice outside …
Harrington Fire Chief David Baldwin (right) walks over to two firefighters at a property on Mill River Road on Sunday afternoon while the remains of a garage smolder in the background. Baldwin said the homeowner, Joe Small, was injured in the fire but he declined to specify how he was injured or how serious Small's injuries may be.

Harrington man injured in fire that destroys garage

By Bill Trotter on July 13, 2014, at 7:02 p.m.
HARRINGTON, Maine — A local resident was injured Sunday in a fire that destroyed a garage and a camper parked alongside it on Mill River Road, according to the local fire chief. Harrington Fire Chief David Baldwin declined to comment on how the homeowner, Joe Small, was hurt or how …

Tree limb cuts power to 2,500 Emera customers in Bar Harbor

By Bill Trotter on July 13, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — A wayward tree limb has resulted in a loss of electrical power to approximately 2,500 customers in Bar Harbor, according to Emera Maine. The power distribution company indicated in a statement posted online Sunday evening that the limb had fallen on a power line, causing the …
Nate Young

Fired police chief adds discrimination complaint to claims against Bar Harbor

By Bill Trotter on July 13, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — The former local police chief who has filed a federal lawsuit against the town is hoping to put the legal proceeding on hold while another panel reviews his allegations. Nathan Young has filed a discrimination complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission, alleging that he was …
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