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Judge considering sex assault lawsuit against Cherryfield businessman

By Tim Cox on Oct. 01, 2014, at 6:13 p.m.
MACHIAS | Three days of testimony wrapped up Wednesday in the civil trial against a Cherryfield businessman accused of sexually abusing a young girl years ago. Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Donald Alexander said he would take some time to review all of the evidence and accompanying documents before …

Cherryfield businessman denies sex abuse claims

By Tim Cox on Sept. 30, 2014, at 8:08 p.m.
MACHIAS | A 63-year-old Cherryfield businessman on Tuesday denied allegations by a Washington County woman that he sexually molested and assaulted her when she was a girl. Steven Pagels, defending himself in a non-jury trial against a civil lawsuit brought by the 28-year-old woman, also denied claims by a …

Woman testifies in lawsuit against Cherryfield businessman

By Tim Cox on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:11 p.m.
MACHIAS | A Washington County woman testified against Cherryfield businessman Steven Pagels on Monday in the opening day of the trial in her civil lawsuit against him. The woman, who is not being identified by the Bangor Daily News because she may be a victim of sexual assault, testified …
Nancy Ives (left) and Peter Duston explain how the former kitchen of the Lamb House will be renovated into a bathroom and utility room. The house needs an estimated $20,000 worth of renovations and repairs.

‘It’s sorely needed’: Cherryfield church seeks help to renovate home for temporary shelter

By Tim Cox on Sept. 29, 2014, at 5:22 a.m.
A Cherryfield church is seeking help to renovate a house that would be available as a temporary shelter for people who are displaced from their home because of a disaster. First Congregational Church held one meeting about the Lamb House project — named after the last family …

Fire displaces Down East family

By Tim Cox on Sept. 28, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
COLUMBIA | A family of four has been displaced after their home was gutted by fire, Columbia Volunteer Fire Department Chief Cecil Gray reported Sunday. Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office were expected on the scene Monday, he said. The fire at the home on Webb District Road, …

Still dancing after all these years

By Tim Cox on Sept. 28, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
Friends of Barbara Lara of Calais plan to recognize her at a special event in October. Lara has taught dancing for 50 years.
Barbara Lara encourages children attending a class at her dance studio.

Dance teacher who has charmed Calais for 50 years to receive tribute

By Tim Cox on Sept. 28, 2014, at 1:19 p.m.
Barbara Lara has taught a lot of people to dance. In fact, she’s been teaching people for 50 years. In some cases she has taught four generations from the same family. But Lara, 67, who still teaches five days per week and has no plans to slow …
The Washington Academy team makes ready to launch a pumpkin into the Machias River with a catapult the team designed and built for a pumpkin chucking contest.

Pumpkin-chucking contest a smash hit at Machias Harvest Fair

By Tim Cox on Sept. 27, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
Oh, yes. There’s nothing like having a nice tailwind on a beautiful fall day when you’re hurling pumpkins into the Machias River with your trebuchet. In a pumpkin-chucking contest that was part of the second annual Machias Harvest Fair and Wine and Beer Tasting Festival, Yankee ingenuity …

Washington County leaders waiting for state plan for dry fire hydrant

By Tim Cox on Sept. 26, 2014, at 5:04 p.m.
MACHIAS | Five months and a couple of plans later, state and Washington County officials are no further along in deciding on the location and design of a proposed dry fire hydrant that would be located at the public boat launch at Lake Cathance. Leon Bucher, chief planner and …
Gage Feeney poses with the moose he shot on Wednesday. The Washington Academy senior has committed to attend the University of Maine to play baseball starting in 2015.

‘I’m really fired up’: Washington Academy pitching standout to join UMaine baseball, bags large moose

By Pete Warner on Sept. 25, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
Gage Feeney has enjoyed an exciting start to the fall season. On Saturday, the senior at Washington Academy in East Machias verbally committed to the University of Maine baseball team as a non-scholarship player for the 2015-2016 season. “I’m really fired up,” Feeney said on Wednesday afternoon. “I always wanted …

Lawsuit accuses Cherryfield businessman of past sexual assaults on child

By Tim Cox on Sept. 25, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
MACHIAS | A civil lawsuit brought by a 28-year-old woman who is accusing a Cherryfield businessman of sexually abusing her when she was a child goes to trial next week in Washington County Superior Court. The bench trial of Steven Pagels is slated to begin on Sept. 29. Pagels, …
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ATV 2014 Ride for a Reason Downeast Maine to benefit veterans

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 25, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The first ATV 2014 Ride for a Reason Downeast Maine, which is an official Active Heroes event, will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 18, from Machias to Whiting and back, and is meant to take a stand for veterans, especially those threatened by suicide. Participants must have …
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Breakfast Oct. 4 at Cherryfield church

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 25, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Cherryfield Congregational Church, River Road, Cherryfield CHERRYFIELD, Maine — A hearty breakfast will be offered 7-9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Cherryfield Congregational Church, on River Road, to start off Destination Cherryfield’s Riverside Arts and Music Festival. The menu will include ham, scrambled eggs, muffins, …
This photo was taken Sept. 28, 2014, at Tumbledown Mountain by Amber Wotton.

These photos from BDN readers show the breathtaking fall foliage of Maine

on Sept. 24, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
STATEWIDE | One of Maine’s finest attractions is its annual fall foliage, and residents and visitors alike enjoy the autumn displays of colors. “Don’t delay in planning your fall foliage trip for this upcoming weekend as we are starting to see the colors of fall come alive along the …
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Book sales, farmers market in Dennysville

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 24, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
DENNYSVILLE, Maine — Book sales will continue 2:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 8, at Lincoln Memorial Library to raise funds for a children/literacy/genealogy room at the library. Also, the Dennysville’s farmers market will continue 3-6 p.m. at least through October. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →
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George Hale/Eastern Area Agency on Aging Silver Frame Award honoring Morrill Worcester

By Noelle Merrill on Sept. 24, 2014, at 8:29 a.m.
Join George Hale, Morrill Worcester and Eastern Area Agency on Aging staff at the Wreaths across America Museum, 4 Point St.,Columbia Falls, at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. This event honors Morrill Worcester for being an active an engaged elder through his commitment to veterans. If you wish …

Portland biotech firm alleges patent infringements by Cooke Aquaculture

By Tim Cox on Sept. 23, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
BANGOR | A Portland biotechnology firm that serves the aquaculture industry has filed a lawsuit against Cooke Aquaculture Inc. and affiliated businesses, alleging patent infringements by the Canadian-based company, a leading producer of commercially raised salmon. The lawsuit was brought by MariCal Inc. and two other companies, Europharma AS …

State police investigate theft by phone at Milbridge Family Dollar

By Tim Cox on Sept. 23, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
State police are investigating a theft at the Family Dollar store in Milbridge that was conducted by phone and involved prepaid cards for services or merchandise. The incident, which occurred Sept. 17, remains under investigation, and there are no suspects at this time, Sgt. Alden Bustard reported …
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Turkey supper at Cherryfield church

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 22, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherryfield Congregational Church, 12 River Road, Cherryfield CHERRYFIELD, Maine — A roast turkey supper with all the fixings will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. The cost is $9 for adults and …
The St. Croix International Quilters' Guild has raised thousands of dollars for the Ronald McDonald House through ticket sales for their annual quilt show and raffle.

‘Age makes no difference’ at international quilters’ guild

By Natalie Feulner on Sept. 22, 2014, at 7:03 a.m.
While it may be a simple group of women from one of the poorest areas in the state, the St. Croix International Quilters’ Guild is a force to be reckoned with. The 80 or so multigenerational members from the Washington County and New Brunswick regions are well on their way …
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