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From Maine to Florida: Annapolis man completes 1,900-mile East Coast run for charity

By Wendi Winters, The Capital on Dec. 28, 2014, at 12:54 p.m.
Annapolis lawyer Albert “Al” DeCesaris says he’s “an average guy,” but he didn’t pick an average way to raise money for a niece who suffers from a rare medical condition. On Dec. 9, DeCesaris completed a 93-day, 1,935-mile fundraising run from Lubec, Maine, all the way down the East Coast …
John Spinney, 58, of Montville casts his line as he fishes for mackerel on the Belfast footbridge Monday afternoon.  "It is one of my favorite spots. I have been coming here for over 30 years."  Spinney said that he would probably buy the saltwater fishing license because he doesn't fish in fresh water. "These things [fishing license] are almost always inevitable."

‘It’s a human tragedy’: Federal regulations threaten recreational fishing industry in Gulf of Maine

By Angeljean Chiaramida, The Daily News of Newburyport on Dec. 28, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
SEABROOK, New Hampshire — In mid-December, Les Eastman sent out one of his fishing charter party boat full of tourists who were in the region to fish in New Hampshire’s ocean waters. But unless federal fishing regulations change soon, this coastal New England recreational tradition might not continue. “When I …
Once the addition at the Washington County Courthouse in Machias is completed, renovation work will begin on the second-floor courtroom in the original building. The entrance to the courtrooms and the court clerk's office will move to the side of the building. The county office will continue to be accessed by the front door.

$8.5 million addition to Washington County Courthouse on track

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 26, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
MACHIAS | The wet December weather has not slowed construction on the $8.5 million addition to the Washington County Courthouse. The work is due to be completed next fall, according to Jeff Henthorn, director of court facilities for the judiciary. Once court operations have moved to the new facility, …
Crowsneck Boutin (right) celebrates after winning a mixed martial arts bout during 2014. The Trescott native, who lives in Portland, has overcome a troubled past to become New England Fights' Mixed Martial Arts Fighter of the Year.

A life behind bars: Down East fighter finds redemption in mixed martial arts

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 26, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.
PORTLAND | Crowsneck Boutin has been fighting virtually all of his life. For much of those 29 years he has been punished — even incarcerated — for it. More recently he found stability in it, and now Boutin is being honored as New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts Fighter …
The moon is seen through trees as the sun sets over Bangor on a very warm Christmas day Thursday.

‘Some great days ahead’ of mild temperatures and sunlight, weather forecasters say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 25, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
CARIBOU | Record-setting warmth added to the joy of Christmas Day through much of Maine, with meteorologists predicting similarly comfortable temperatures — and clear skies — through most of the weekend. Caribou’s 48-degree high temperature matched a record set on Christmas 2003, while Bangor’s 54-degree temperature bested a record …
Construction workers install a portion of the roof on Dec. 11, 2014, for the new Helen's Restaurant in Machias. The iconic eatery was destroyed by fire in July. The new restaurant is scheduled to open in late March.

New building for Helen’s Restaurant in Machias under construction, set to open in March

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 24, 2014, at 6:07 a.m.
Jeffrey Davidson is having a tough winter. It’s not a lack of business at his law firm or the loss of sunlight that’s got him down. All Davidson wants is a steaming bowl of haddock chowder from Helen’s Restaurant. That would set his world right, he said …
Defendant Edward Smith, right, and his attorney Jeffrey Davidson sit during day two of Smith's jury-waived manslaughter trial who is accused of not getting medical treatment for his diabetic son, Aloric Smith, who died at home on April 4, 2012.

Judge: Death of diabetic boy in Lubec ‘a tragedy, not manslaughter’

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 22, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
MACHIAS | A judge on Monday found that a man charged with causing the death of his 12-year-old diabetic son was not guilty of manslaughter. “The death of Aloric Smith was a tragedy,” Superior Court Justice Robert Murray said. “The death of Aloric Smith was not manslaughter.” In addition, …
A pedestrian crosses Main Street Thursday evening in Bangor. Fresh snow blanketed much of Maine Thursday including more than a foot in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said the Houlton area accumulated several inches of snow that wound down Thursday evening.

Winter storm winds down, dumps more than a foot of snow in parts of Aroostook, Washington counties

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
BANGOR | Much of Maine woke up Thursday morning to fresh snow on the ground, including a foot or more in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said Thursday that the Houlton area had about 13 inches of snow. Other places that …

Winter storm expected to wind down throughout Thursday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
CARIBOU | Much of Maine woke up Thursday morning to fresh snow on the ground, including more than a foot in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said the Houlton area already has about 13 inches of snow, with a total of …
Matt Foster

‘I think we will get by’: New DA for Hancock, Washington counties says low funding hampering search for experienced help

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 17, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.
ELLSWORTH | Matt Foster won’t take over as the new district attorney for Hancock and Washington counties until Jan. 2, but he already is learning about the challenges of the job. Foster does not have any prior experience as a prosecutor, and he is scrambling to find replacements with …
From the community
Area of Long Point, Machiasport.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust adds to Long Point Preserve in Machiasport

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
MACHIASPORT, Maine — Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization, announced Monday it is expanding its conservation efforts at a nationally significant archaeological site in Machiasport conserved last year that contains prehistoric rock carvings known as petroglyphs. The next phase of the Long Point project includes three new parcels that will add …
U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree (second from left) of Maine and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (right) of Minnesota listen to Michael Chadwick (second from right), principal of the Beatrice Rafferty School on the Passamaquoddy Reservation, during a tour of the school with Ron Jenkins (left), superintendent of Maine Indian Education, in this June 2014 file photo.

Pingree: Spending bill would provide up to $20 million for new Passamaquoddy school

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 12, 2014, at 3:12 p.m.
PLEASANT POINT | A congressional spending bill that appears to be headed toward approval contains up to $20 million for a new elementary school for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, according to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree. Pingree released a prepared statement early Friday indicating that the Beatrice Rafferty School is the …
Joyce Hedlund has been named interim president of University of Maine at Machias.

Former community college head named interim president of University of Maine at Machias

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 12, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
BANGOR | The former president of Washington County Community College will take the reins as president of the University of Maine at Machias on an interim basis, the University of Maine System announced Friday morning. Joyce Hedlund, a Fort Kent native, will step out of her year-and-a-half-old retirement on …
Edward Smith, 44.

Father on trial for manslaughter says he ‘would have dragged’ son to hospital if he’d known it was a diabetic episode

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 11, 2014, at 6:59 p.m.
MACHIAS | The father on trial for manslaughter in connection with the death of his 12-year-old diabetic son testified Thursday that he “would have dragged him to the hospital whether he liked it or if not” if he’d understood the child was suffering from anything more than a stomach …
Edward Smith (right) and his attorney, Jeffrey Davidson, sit during day two of Smith's jury-waived manslaughter trial on Tuesday in Machias.

Diabetes doctor says at manslaughter trial that former Lubec man was told to call clinic if son was ill

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 10, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
MACHIAS | The doctor who treated Aloric Smith testified Wednesday that the boy’s father was told repeatedly to call the Diabetes, Endocrine and Nutrition Center at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor if the boy became ill and could not keep down food. Members of the team of medical …

Emera Maine maintenance work to disrupt power

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
BEDDINGTON | Emera Maine maintenance work on Monday will result in customers briefly losing power. The service interruption will take place between 8 a.m. and noon, according to a company statement. Areas affected include customers along Route 9 from the Route 193 intersection to the Mopang Stream, the east …
Edward Smith, 44, is shown in Washington County Superior Court on Monday during his trial in connection with his son's death.

Medical examiner says child’s diabetes was ‘not well controlled’ in months before his death

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 09, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
MACHIAS | The retired medical examiner who performed the autopsy on a 12-year-old boy who died at the Lubec home he shared with his father and two younger sisters 2½ years ago testified Tuesday that Aloric Smith’s diabetes was “not well controlled” in the two to three months before …
A truck traverses the Maine Turnpike in Sabattus on Tuesday where the speed limit was down to 45 mph.

Snow, freezing rain, sleet moves into Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 09, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
GRAY | Maine is in the midst of yet another storm, expected to bring up to a foot of snow to some communities, according to the National Weather Service. The bulk of the snow was expected to fall in northern and western Maine. Sleet, rain and freezing rain also …
Edward Smith, formerly of Lubec, has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of his 12-year-old son, Aloric Smith.

Prosector says Lubec man’s neglect caused diabetic son’s death; defense claims boy got sick

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 08, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
MACHIAS | A former Lubec farmer accused of causing the death of his diabetic son by failing to seek medical attention for the boy when his flu symptoms escalated was criminally negligent, the prosecutor said as the man’s trial began Monday. Edward Smith, 44, misjudged how a stomach bug …
Wreaths are ready to be boxed recently at the Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington. The company plans to send 230,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery this month.

Wreath group prepares for 9th annual trip to Arlington National Cemetery

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 06, 2014, at 6:37 p.m.
MACHIAS | If the holiday song “Twelve Days of Christmas” included a reference to Wreaths Across America, the numbers would have to be updated every year to reflect the increasing volume of evergreens handled by the nonprofit organization. This year, the lyrics would have to include the line “230,000 …
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