Down East


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.”
Writing over the door in a hallway of Piscataquis Community Secondary School, which serves the seventh through 12th-grade students of School Administrative District 4. The district's 2016-17 budget was narrowly approved by voters during the Nov. 8 election.

The poorest Maine school districts that pay the most

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:16 a.m.
The cost that each local community pays each year varies in Maine from $2,000 per student to $25,000 per student.
Ruth Moore, a military sexual assault survivor, recently talks about using funds from a benefit settlement to purchase a house on School Street in Machias to help Down East veterans connect with services.

Maine woman uses military settlement money to buy house for veteran resource center

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 03, 2017, at 4:53 p.m.
“We want to be a resource for Washington County veterans,” Ruth Moore said. “We want to have a 24/7 presence eventually.”

A New Year memory of what I see, when I look Downeast

on Jan. 02, 2017, at 10:26 a.m.
Pharmacist Ben Okafor (right), who was born and raised in Nigeria before moving to Maine in 2007, helps a customer on Dec. 15 at his pharmacy in Eastport.

How one immigrant is helping to improve this coastal Maine community

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 01, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
“It gives me joy to make a difference in people’s lives,” Ben Okafor said. “Money is good — it counts — but that is not my primary goal. My primary goal is to make a difference, and I know once I do it well, money comes with it.”

How one immigrant is improving a rural Maine community

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 01, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
Marina Moscone (right) and her daughter Sasha, 4, take a walk through Chapin Park in Bangor on Friday.

Maine power companies still grappling with effects of season’s first nor’easter

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 31, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
As of noon on Saturday, more than 16,000 CMP customers were without electricity. Meanwhile, nearly 700 Emera Maine accounts were waiting for service to be restored.
Air-supported indoor practice facility Mahaney Dome, which collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow that fell Thursday night into Friday, can be seen on Friday at the University of Maine in Orono.

Nor’easter blankets Maine, collapses UMaine’s Mahaney Dome

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
The snow knocked out power to more than 100,000 residents, brought down utility lines and even caused the University of Maine’s Mahaney Dome to collapse.

More than 16,000 are without power Down East

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 24, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
Donna Pickard of Far Point Farm in Steuben may have to stretch her own meals, but she will give away her food to someone who needs it.

A simple change could give Maine’s hungry, rural people more food

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
The first in-depth look of its kind shows that 59 percent of people are using food pantries more this year than last.
Ethan Bryant

Cutler man shot, another arrested

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 22, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
A man is in jail facing a charge of elevated aggravated assault after he allegedly shot another man in the abdomen early Thursday.
Matthew Davis of Houlton waits for his double murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center on Dec. 8.

Jurors in slaying of Oakfield couple deliberate 6 hours, go home for night

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 20, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
Jurors deliberated six hours Tuesday at the Washington County Judicial Center before asking to go home for the night without reaching a verdict in the double murder trial of Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton.

When the memories stop with me. Christmas as an only child.

on Dec. 20, 2016, at 5:05 a.m.
Matthew Davis of Houlton speaks with family members while he waits Dec. 8 for his murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center.

Jury to deliberate Tuesday on fate of Houlton man charged with Oakfield slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 19, 2016, at 7:31 p.m.
Jurors will begin deliberating Tuesday morning in the double murder trial of Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton after hearing closing arguments Monday afternoon.