Down East

 
The sun peaks out as a snow squall swept over Presque Isle Thursday afternoon, as seen from the slopes of the Quoggy Joe Ski Club.

Messy storm brings wild weather swings over the weekend

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 18, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
More ice and low temperatures expected Monday.
A plow works to clear an area of snow on Tuesday in Broadway Park in Bangor. According to Reuters, the cold blast that hit Maine on Thursday was brought by a polar vortex.

Mainers urged to prepare for deep freeze

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 15, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
The weather service issued a warning of potential wind chill temperatures down to minus 38 degrees through Friday evening for the northern half of the state.
Members of the community enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as part of the United Way Day of Thanks on Thursday in West Market Square in Bangor. Throughout the day, teams of volunteers and partnering agencies throughout the five counties in Eastern Maine delivered random acts of kindness to individuals, organizations and companies.

United Way volunteers perform random acts of kindness in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2016, at 5:08 p.m.
For example, Bangor Y staffers spent hours making cookies that they delivered to businesses.

Narraguagus High School first quarter honor roll

on Dec. 14, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
Schooner (right) one of Raye's Mustard's two canine mascots, drowned Thursday morning after getting trapped in the ice that is beginning to form on Boyden Lake. Owner Kevin Raye was able to rescue the family company's other mascot, Dijon.

Schooner, mascot for Raye’s Mustard, drowns in Boyden Lake

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 10, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Schooner, one of Raye’s Mustard’s two canine mascots, drowned Thursday morning after getting stuck in thin ice on Boyden Lake, one of the company’s owners said Saturday.
WICKED AWESOME MAINE!

OMG! I didn’t think of that! Basics for renting out your vacation home.

on Dec. 10, 2016, at 6:40 a.m.
WICKED AWESOME MAINE!

OMG! I didn’t think of that! Basics for renting out your vacation home.

on Dec. 10, 2016, at 6:40 a.m.

Wreaths Across America kickof Dec. 10 in Lubec

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 6:11 p.m.
Matthew Davis of Houlton waits for his double murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center. The trial was moved after a jury could not be seated in Houlton.

Witnesses testify about alleged crimes before, after Oakfield slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 08, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
Prosecution witnesses on the third day of the Matthew Davis double murder trial testified about events police have said took place before and after Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, were killed in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared.
Matthew Davis

Medical examiner: Oakfield couple dead when house set on fire

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:08 p.m.
Dr. Mark Flomenbaum said that Heidi Pratt died of a single gunshot wound to the neck. She bled to death after a large caliber bullet struck her carotid artery, he said.
Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles of Machias talks about being at Pearl Harbor during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack by Japanese forces during a World War II veterans appreciation dinner in October.

Pearl Harbor veteran recalls fallen compatriots

By Boston Herald on Dec. 07, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
A man walks out of Lily Bay State Park in Greenville on Nov. 22, 2016. The park closes to cars but is still open to visitors in the off season.

This remote Maine region has a chance to grow

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“If you don’t change, you die.”
Matthew Davis

Opening statements in Oakfield double murder trial shed no light on motive

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:59 p.m.
Matthew Davis, 35, is accused of killing Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, on Sept. 23, 2013, then setting their Oakfield home ablaze.
Matthew Davis

Jury selection in Oakfield slayings to be completed Tuesday afternoon

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 06, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
Davis, 35, faces charges of murder, arson, theft and criminal mischief in connection with the deaths of Kitchen and Pratt three years ago.
Omar, 4, Anas, 7, and Eyad Raslan, 6, resettled with their parents to Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, this summer. They came through a program of the Canadian government that allows private citizens to sponsor refugees.

Immigrants built rural Maine. Canada shows how they could do so again

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“It’s a lot harder to hate people once you meet them.”
U.S. Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles (left) of Machias is returning to Pearl Habor to attend the 75th anniversary commemoration and honor his fallen brothers in arms.

Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles honors his fallen brothers in arms

By Kathleen McKiernan, Boston Herald on Dec. 04, 2016, at 9:39 a.m.
Coles was a radioman apprentice serving on the destroyer USS Bagley when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. And though it’s been a lifelong dream, Coles hasn’t been back to Oahu since World War II.
LIFE DOWNEAST

Simplicity of a Downeast Christmas, where focus is clearly on the day

on Dec. 04, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
The defunct Milbridge Theatre can be seen recently in Milbridge. An official with a local nonprofit that bought the building earlier this year has indicated that it may demolish the building and show outdoor movies on the site next summer while raising funds for a new building.

Theater renewal aimed at keeping Milbridge village vital

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 01, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
Audience cheers might bring the house down at a local movie venue next summer, but only if the longtime movie house on the central village property actually gets demolished first.
A downtown merchant attempts to keep ahead of Thursday’s storm that closed schools and many businesses in Presque Isle and most of Aroostook County.

Second storm this week ups snowfall total to 22 inches in County

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 01, 2016, at 8:41 a.m.
The second major snowstorm to hit Aroostook County this week already had the total snow depth at 22 inches in Caribou by late Thursday afternoon.
Steve Sherman demonstrates how his skidder, nicknamed Matilda, works in Oxbow, Maine.

The forces pulling apart the lives of Maine’s loggers

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Three loggers fight to survive as the world shifts around them.