Down East

An artistic rendering shows an aerial view of what the marine research facility Downeast Institute, located on Great Wass Island in the town of Beals, will look like after a planned expansion is completed.

Down East marine research lab expansion to begin this summer

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 20, 2017, at 5:50 p.m.
The funds for the expansion were secured over the past few years.
Sarah Frankie Sigman of New York partially hides her face while watching President Donald Trump give a speech during a screening of his inauguration on Friday at Bates College in Lewiston.

What Mainers think of President Donald Trump

By BDN Staff Reports on Jan. 20, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
Maine is as politically divided as it has been any time in recent political history, particularly between the liberal southern areas and the more conservative north.
Halfway Rock Light Station, off the tip of Bailey Island in Harpswell.

Coast Guard to install more radio activation switches at Maine lighthouses

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 18, 2017, at 12:30 p.m.
The move is designed to reduce negative effects of continuous foghorns on area wildlife and residents.

DownEast Tidbit – St. Stephen, New Brunswick

on Jan. 18, 2017, at 5:59 a.m.
Jay Turnure, a contract field biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, prepares to measure and examine a cod that will be sold at the Portland Fish Exchange.

Maine fishermen say there’s plenty of cod. Scientists might give them the chance to prove it.

By Jake Bleiberg on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:16 a.m.
Seeking to end a long-running disagreement about exactly how many cod are left in the Gulf of Maine, federal scientists plan to outfit commercial fishermen with equipment used to establish ground fish quotas.
A Kansas City developer has agreed to partner in the renovation of a former 28,800-square-foot sardine can manufacturing plant in downtown Eastport, pictured partially on a pier overhanging the water. The owners of the building hope to complete the $18 million project by the summer of 2018.

Developer signs on to $18M downtown Eastport renovation project

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 13, 2017, at 5:38 p.m.
A long-planned redevelopment project of a waterfront industrial building will be moving ahead now that a developer has agreed to finance the $18 million project, according to the property owners.
Josephine Jordan, 3, peers out from the doorway leading to her family's front hall after coming down from the upstairs to investigate the sound of visitors on Dec. 9, 2016.

Inside the isolation of the first refugee family to be resettled in small-town Maine

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
We chronicled one child’s yearning to be understood.

Machias Rotary Club to meet Jan. 17 at high school

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 10:08 a.m.

DownEast Tidbits – Whiting Store and Int’l Welcome Center

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 6:03 a.m.

DownEast Tidbits – Catherine Hill Winery

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.

DownEast Tidbit – The DownEast Sunrise Trail

on Jan. 09, 2017, at 6:20 a.m.
Snow blankets Pine Street in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo. Up to 5 inches of snow is expected to hit western and coastal Maine on Saturday.

Up to 5 inches of snow expected in coastal, western Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 07, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.

DownEast Tidbit – The French Cellar

on Jan. 07, 2017, at 6:15 a.m.

DownEast Tidbit – The French Cellar

on Jan. 07, 2017, at 6:15 a.m.
 Tensions rise to a climax in "Big Mistake," the last of three one-act plays by Theresa Rebeck that comprised Stage East’s New Year’s Eve production, "Last Call." Performers are Jay Skriletz (from left), Barbara Smith, Dalton Young, Brian Schuth and Lindy Weston. The well-attended show was Stage East’s first main-stage production since "Jest Desserts," which was the New Year’s Eve show for 2015.

Eastport’s Community Theater Group rounds out the New Year

on Jan. 06, 2017, at 4:06 p.m.
Items belonging to three ice fisherman lay on top of thin ice on Long Lake in northern Maine in January 2011. The men went through the ice on an ATV and tote sled. All got out safely.

‘The ice is very treacherous,’ Maine Game Warden warns

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2017, at 3:50 p.m.
With reports of a pair of all-terrain vehicles and a snowmobile trail groomer going through lake ice in northern and western Maine this past week, snowmobilers and ice fishermen are being warned to be cautious.

Talk on HMS Halifax, British vessel shipwrecked off Foster Island

on Jan. 06, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
A hunter stands out among brown fall trees in Oxbow on Nov. 8, 2016.

Where Maine is losing its workers the fastest

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
Over the last 45 years, Maine had the greatest portion of people in their prime working years in 1999.
Janet Driensky and her sons, Jackson Paddock and Justin Paddock (left to right) make star lanterns Monday at Expressions, an art gallery on Main Street that offers workshops and features the work of local artists.

Art gallery, workshops helping to revitalize Main Street in Machias

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 04, 2017, at 3:04 p.m.
“My goal is to make this a town that you want to live, in work in and visit.”
A plow works to remove snow from a bridge in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Ice storm in Maine cancels school for many, delays for others

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 04, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
“Bangor reported 0.15 inches of ice. That glaze of ice can make traveling dangerous.”