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Man indicted on 21 counts of night hunting, other violations

By Judy Harrison on July 28, 2016, at 4:41 p.m.
An Addison man has been indicted by the Washington County grand jury on 36 counts, most of which are hunting violations.

UMM opens 1913 time capsule found in Kimball Hall

on July 28, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A 103-year-old time capsule revealed much about early life at the University of Maine at Machias when it was opened Thursday, July 28. Under a spotlight on the stage of the UMM Performing Arts Center before an audience of more than 150 alumni, faculty, staff and community …
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Eastport man charged with manslaughter indicted in attack on jail officer

By Judy Harrison on July 28, 2016, at 11:41 a.m.
An Eastport man awaiting trial on a manslaughter charge has been indicted by the Washington County grand jury in connection with an alleged attack on a corrections officer on Feb. 25.
Former Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith (left) and his attorney, Don Brown of Brewer, can be seen Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Smith was found not guilty of reckless conduct and driving to endanger in connection with a January 2015 incident in Lubec.

Jury finds Donnie Smith not guilty of charges in traffic incident

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2016, at 6:21 p.m.
Former Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith was found not guilty of reckless conduct and driving to endanger in connection with a 2015 incident in Lubec.
A lobster boat decorated with lights glides under the Beals Island Bridge in this 2009 photo. With the help of $10.5 million in federal funding, construction of a new bridge to replace the existing 1,000-foot span, which was built in 1958, is expected to begin in April 2017.

Feds to contribute $10.5M to replace Beals Island bridge

By Bill Trotter on July 27, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
The federal government will contribute more than $10 million to replace the bridge that connects this Washington County island community to Jonesport, according to federal officials.
Former Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith (left) and his attorney Don Brown of Brewer at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Smith is charged with reckless conduct and driving to endanger in connection with a January 2015 incident in Lubec.

Jury hears testimony in Donnie Smith trial over traffic incident

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
A Penobscot County jury will decide whether former Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith 19 months ago suddenly slammed on his truck brakes to avoid hitting a cat or whether he stopped suddenly to harass a woman driving behind him who was suing him for false arrest.

Pot roast supper Aug. 10 at Cherryfield church

on July 27, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, River Road, Cherryfield, Maine CHERRYFIELD, Maine — A savory pot roast supper will be held 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, River Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost is …
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Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith listens to a question during his testimony Thursday at a hearing before the Washington County commissioners, Jan. 17, 2013.

Trial of former Washington County sheriff begins in Bangor

By Judy Harrison on July 27, 2016, at 10:23 a.m.
The trial of former Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith is underway at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
The sun sets on the State House in Augusta in this June 2015 file photo.

State law blocks northern Maine businesses from energy cost reduction aid

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2016, at 6:25 p.m.
Aroostook and Washington counties will see no money from a new $3 million program to reduce power rates for “energy intensive” manufacturers.

East Machias bridge reopens

By Bill Trotter on July 19, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
A temporary bridge on Route 191 that was closed Monday afternoon has been reopened to traffic.
Sylvia Polchies holds an American Eagle feather and a folded American flag that she received on behalf of her late father, Henry Sockbeson, during a ceremony to honor six members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe who fought in World War I on Sunday in Indian Township.

Nearly 100 years later, Passamaquoddy Army veterans honored for service

By Bill Trotter on July 18, 2016, at 7:15 p.m.
Ninety-nine years after six young men volunteered to fight the Imperial German Army in World War I, their families on Sunday received the official recognition that the soldiers never did.

Crash shuts down Route 191 bridge over East Machias River

on July 18, 2016, at 5:56 p.m.
The bridge will be closed until further notice, requiring motorists wanting to get to either side of the river to take a detour of about 40 miles.
A trash truck driver prepares to dump his load of municipal solid waste at Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington on Sept. 17, 2009.

The long history of lobbying behind Maine’s trash fight

By Darren Fishell on July 18, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
In large part, these efforts centered on the same bills, setting restrictions on new landfill capacity, influencing the state’s waste management priorities and attempting to create new incentives for energy generated from trash.

Fisherman dies after falling overboard off Jonesport

By Beth Brogan on July 16, 2016, at 7:31 p.m.
The man was unresponsive when pulled from the water.
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Adulthood or Reality?

on July 14, 2016, at 8:14 p.m.
There are no answers that can truly define what life is supposed to entail. There is no right way, no wrong way, and there is no guide laying it out for us. Young people are stuck in a strange haze between reality and childhood. Where is the door to enter …

Harrington man charged in heroin overdose death

By Bill Trotter on July 13, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
A Harrington man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the overdose death of a man to whom he allegedly sold drugs, according to local police.
The state fire marshal’'s office said two people have been charged for burning a boat in Machiasport in June.

Two charged in Machiasport fire that destroyed boat

By Bill Trotter on July 12, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
Two people have been charged with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a boat owned by a local aquaculture firm.
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The Dress Lady

on July 10, 2016, at 4:23 p.m.
Proms have long passed us this year in this small corner of the world, but for the night they were magical. The memories stick with us, the feeling of music in our chests, the smell of late nights, and the promise of summer. Happiness seems to effortlessly float down around …

Five injured in crash that closed Route 1A in Ellsworth

By Dawn Gagnon on July 07, 2016, at 9:38 p.m.
A southbound black Ford sedan driven by a Harrington man crossed the centerline and sideswiped a southbound tractor-trailer and the vehicle traveling behind it.
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Liking the nuances and beauty of small town government, the Downeast way

on July 07, 2016, at 10:04 a.m.
There are two things people generally have a hard time talking about, religion and politics. For some reason these two subjects often create controversy, heated discussions and a high risk of bad feelings among friends, acquaintances, and even family members. Government, too, can cause some trepidation to one wanting to …