Jake Hunkler of Beals is shown harvesting rockweed by hand on Fisherman's Island during the summer of 2013 for an experiment by Brian Beal, professor of marine ecology at the University of Maine-Machias and director of research of the Downeast Institute.

Panel of experts to help state marine agency set rockweed conservation areas

By Tim Cox on Aug. 10, 2014, at 4:40 p.m.
The state Department of Marine Resources is putting together a panel to help the agency establish areas where rockweed would be off limits to harvesting. The group is scheduled to begin meetings this month, and DMR is required to report on its progress to the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on …

Rangers help injured hiker in Acadia

By Tim Cox on Aug. 09, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Rangers came to the aid of a man who fell and was injured in Acadia National Park on Saturday. The man, described as being in his 40s, was hiking with his family on the Ocean Path near Thunder Hole when he slipped on wet rocks and …

Banner year for Acadia falcons

on Aug. 09, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
Peregrine falcon chicks near the Precipice Trail in 2008 (ANP photo) I have an update for an article I wrote last week about peregrine falcon chicks fledging this year in Acadia National Park. When I wrote the story, I had emailed park staff and, after some back and forth, got …
Traffic travels on Wednesday on Route 1A in Dedham near the Lucerne Inn.

Is Route 1A in Dedham a safe highway? Recent data indicate yes

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 08, 2014, at 5:58 p.m.
DEDHAM, Maine — Over the past four years, three vehicles have crossed the centerline on Route 1A in Dedham and caused a fatal accident. The latest was Tuesday, when an 85-year-old Iowa man crossed the centerline in his Chevrolet Tahoe and struck a pickup truck carrying two people from Bangor. …
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Photo workshops are available at the Acadia Night Sky Festival.

Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival in its sixth year

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 08, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine – Down East Maine takes stars seriously. They fiercely protect them and are preparing to proudly show them off on Sept. 25-29, at the sixth annual Acadia Night Sky Festival presented by Celestron. Acadia National Park and Down East Maine are home to some of the most pristine, star-filled night skies that …
Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a graduate student at Boston University, jots down notes Wednesday while checking on one of three raised garden beds she has built to study plant life in Acadia National Park. Researchers and park officials believe climate change is affecting the profile of plant species found in the park.

Scientists: Climate change pushing shift in Acadia vegetation

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 08, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Out with the orchids, in with the deadly nightshade. The profile of plants found in Acadia National Park has been shifting over the past century, with some species declining and others on the rise, and researchers believe climate change is mainly to blame. Some of …

Scientists: Climate change causing shift in national park plant profile

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 08, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a PhD student at Boston University, talks about an experiment she is conducting on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to determine how native plants react to warm temperatures each spring. MacKenzie and other scientists believe climate change is having an effect on the types of plants …

5-year-old dies, grandfather’s body recovered from Penobscot River in Bucksport

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 08, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — A 5-year-old boy died after falling into the Penobscot River while fishing Friday morning, and a Maine State Police diver recovered the body of his 54-year-old grandfather who jumped in to try to save the boy. The victims were identified Friday evening as Aiden Bulkley of Bangor …
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Chicken barbecue at Halcyon Grange

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
BLUE HILL, Maine — Treat yourself to a genuine Down East local chicken barbecue at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23,  at Halcyon Grange on Route 15 in North Blue Hill. Menu will include free-range chicken fresh from the grill, bean-hole beans, coleslaw, potato salad and other salads using fresh local vegetables, …
Richard Olson in 1999.

Iowa man killed in Dedham crash was former Des Moines mayor

By Timothy Meinch and Tony Leys, Des Moines Register on Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Des Moines Mayor Richard Olson, who was instrumental in sparking the rebirth of downtown, died Tuesday evening in a car accident in Maine. His death came two days after his 85th birthday. Olson, who was mayor from 1972 through 1979, oversaw the first wave of …
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Public supper in Bucksport

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Arey Community Building, 1160 River Road, Bucksport BUCKSPORT, Maine — A public supper will be held 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Arey Community Building, 1160 River Road. Menu includes baked beans, casseroles, salads and pies. Cost is $7 …
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Supper at St. Andrew’s in Ellsworth

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 07, 2014, at 9:18 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 175 Downeast Highway, Ellsworth For more information: 207-667-7641  ELLSWORTH, Maine — The next third Friday supper will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 175 Downeast Highway. Roasted turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. All …
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Food pantry project looking for volunteers

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 07, 2014, at 9:13 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine – St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Ellsworth (175 Downeast Highway -the brown church across from Jordan’s) is looking for individuals and community organizations who would like to partner in packaging meals for local food pantries in Hancock County. In January, the groups packaged more than 15,000 meals at a cost …
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Senators King and Collins wave to onlookers during Monhegan's Quadricentennial parade Tuesday.

Collins, King Join 400th Anniversary Celebration on Monhegan Island

By senatorcollinspress on Aug. 07, 2014, at 8:31 a.m.
MONHEGAN — United States Senators Susan Collins and Angus King participated in the Quadricentennial celebration on Monhegan Island Tuesday, recognizing the 1614 settlement of Monhegan Plantation that began when Captain John Smith landed on the island. “Captain Smith once wrote that it would take ‘the best parts of art, judgment, …

‘It’s a nightmare’: Local woman describes road near fatal crash in Dedham

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 06, 2014, at 6:44 p.m.
Three people died in a head-on collision on Route 1A in Dedham Tuesday night. There were 92 crashes on the stretch of road between 2010 and 2013.

Dedham man found passed out at convenience store gets drug charge

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 06, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
HOLDEN, Maine — A Dedham man was charged with felony drug possession early Monday morning after he was found passed out in his vehicle at the Circle K convenience store on U.S. Route 1A. David Rocha, 30, was arrested after Holden police received a report from a concerned motorist shortly …
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Public supper at Elm Street church

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 06, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Elm Street Congregational Church, 31 Elm St., Bucksport BUCKSPORT, Maine — A public supper will be held 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Elm Street Congregational Church, 31 Elm St. The menu will include casseroles, salads, baked beans, rolls and …
People mourn the deaths of Phill Carter and Roxanne Papken Wednesday afternoon at Paddy Murphy's in downtown Bangor. Several businesses closed for the day in Bangor after the deaths of the two Paddy Murphy's employees. Carter and Papken were killed in a crash on Route 1A in Dedham on Tuesday evening.

Downtown Bangor mourns deaths of longtime Paddy Murphy’s employees in Dedham crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 06, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Members of the downtown business community paused Wednesday to remember two workers at a popular local bar and restaurant who died Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash on Route 1A in Dedham. Paddy Murphy’s employees Phillip Carter, 32, a bouncer, and Roxanne Papken, 25, a barkeep, were …
Ambulances are on the scene of a two-car accident on Tuesday on Route 1A in Dedham.

Three killed in Dedham crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 05, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
DEDHAM, Maine — All three of the people involved in a vehicular accident on U.S. Route 1A late Tuesday afternoon have died, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Tuesday evening. The two-car crash occurred about a mile from the Lucerne Inn about 5:45 p.m., when an SUV …
Corea author L.A. Meyer.

L.A. Meyer, Corea resident and author of Bloody Jack book series, dies at 72

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 05, 2014, at 6:09 p.m.
COREA, Maine — Louis A. Meyer, better known as L.A. Meyer, the best-selling author of the popular Jacky Faber young adult adventure book series, died July 29 at his home in the Hancock County town of Corea after a long battle with lymphoma. He was 72. Mary “Jacky” Faber — …
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