How I survived The Fairly Minor Ellsworth Blackout of 2016

on Jan. 12, 2016, at 4:42 p.m.
On Sunday, I tried to start up a new-to-me generator that my wife and I bought in November on the Facebook page Bar Harbor Barter & Swap. Eight years we have lived in our house in Ellsworth, muddling our way through occasional outages with a power inverter that I would …
A woman crosses Pearl Street in Portland on Tuesday afternoon as the snow falls.

Weather service: Up to 14 inches of snow expected

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 12, 2016, at 10:40 a.m.
A fresh snowstorm is expected to bring up to a foot of snow in some communities Tuesday night and into Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Route 9 reopened after car hits utility pole

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 10, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
AMHERST | Route 9 in Amherst was reopened to traffic after being temporarily closed when a car struck a utility pole and power lines fell onto the roadway, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said shortly before 6 p.m. McCausland said the crash occurred around 3 p.m., …
Waves were crashing over the Rockland Breakwater during high tide Sunday.

Wind, rain knock out power, cause flooding across Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 10, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
The stormy weather brought 30 to 35 mph winds, with gusts as high as 55 to 60 mph.
James Willis Jr.

Two MDI towns benefit from sharing police chief

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 10, 2016, at 10:34 a.m.
Such police chief-sharing arrangements are rare in Maine but not unheard of.

Franklin woman critically injured in rollover crash

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 09, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
A 26-year-old woman was injured critically Friday night when the car she was driving rolled over into a ditch off Route 200.
Students on the Maine Maritime Academy training vessel State of Maine lower a wreath into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday. The ship, on a two-week training cruise to St. Croix Island in the Caribbean, stopped near where the cargo ship El Faro sank on Oct. 1, 2015, as it crossed paths with Hurricane Joaquin east of the Bahamas. Five MMA graduates, four of whom lived in Maine, were among the 33 crew members on El Faro when it went down.

MMA training ship pays respects at El Faro sinking site

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 07, 2016, at 6:15 p.m.
MMA President William Brennan, who is on the cruise, said the ceremony was “cathartic, well done, and appropriate.”

Ellsworth High School students to hold Empty Bowls Supper Jan. 12

on Jan. 06, 2016, at 11:34 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Ellsworth High School cafeteria, 299 State St., Ellsworth, Maine ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Empty Bowls Supper will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Ellsworth High School cafeteria. The price of $5 per person or $10 per family purchases …

Brooksville family displaced by house fire

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 05, 2016, at 7:50 p.m.
The house caught fire after creosote in the chimney ignited and flames spread into abutting structural beams.
A Morris Yachts employee works on the deck of an M29 Daysailer at Morris Yachts in Trenton in 2010. Hinckley Yachts announced Tuesday that it has acquired the smaller sailing yacht manufacturing firm.

Hinckley acquires Morris Yachts

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 05, 2016, at 11:15 a.m.
Two local luxury yachts makers are joining forces in a purchase agreement that was announced Tuesday.

Power restored to about 2,500 in Hancock County

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 03, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Communities affected include Franklin, Sorrento, Sullivan, Eastbrook and Waltham.

Maine Maritime Academy students set to leave on training ship

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 31, 2015, at 2:02 p.m.
CASTINE | A crew of 210 Maine Maritime Academy students and staff will sail out of Castine on Saturday en route to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, the school announced Thursday. The training ship State of Maine will depart for the two-week training at 10:30 a.m. under the direction …

Lamoine home destroyed by fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 31, 2015, at 9:21 a.m.
The damage is so severe a cause likely will not be determined.
El Faro

60 Minutes to air report on El Faro disaster

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 29, 2015, at 6:53 p.m.
Sunday’s program will be the first to publicly show video of the wreck, located at a depth of 15,000 feet beneath the Atlantic.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized 150 grams of crack cocaine and $9,000 in drug proceeds during a bust in Deer Isle on Monday.

Trio arrested in Deer Isle crack cocaine bust

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 29, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
The MDEA seized 150 grams of crack cocaine, $9,000 cash and arrested three on Monday in connection with a trafficking investigation.
A Bangor Public Works truck on Tuesday clears snow from the footbridge over the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor.

Winter storm brings blanket of snow to Maine

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 29, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
Much of Maine is in the midst of its first significant winter storm of the season, but the lion’s share of accumulation is yet to come.
Bangor Daily News staff writer Beth Brogan gets a semicolon tattoo in Lewiston from artist Alex Stephens on Friday. The semicolon represents her daily battle with bipolar disorder. In recent months, it has become a symbol for those with mental illness and survivors of suicide whose “sentence could have ended, but didn’'t.

17 stories from this year that restored our faith in humanity

By Erin Rhoda on Dec. 29, 2015, at 8 a.m.
“Good things still happen in the world.”
Carmen Patrick walks through snow in downtown Bangor in this January 2015 file photo. An early winter storm is expected to strike Maine beginning Tuesday morning, bringing with it the potential for as much as a foot of snow in some parts of the state.

Winter storm could bring up to 12 inches of snow to parts of Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 28, 2015, at 5:43 p.m.
A winter storm is expected to strike Maine, bringing with it the potential for as much as a foot of snow in some parts of the state and a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain in other areas.
A post next to a brook that drains into the northern end of Goose Cove displays a sign that indicates a local shellfish license is required to dig for clams. Goose Cove is where local resident Warren Pettegrow intends to start growing oysters next spring in a permitted aquaculture lease area that critics contend is likely to attract birds and thereby to pose a risk to aircraft coming and going from Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport.

Opponents seek to reverse decision on oyster farm approval

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 27, 2015, at 7:43 a.m.
Opponents say the operation could pose a threat to the safety of planes coming and going from Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport by attracting more birds to the location.
A Fort Kent resident deals with snow from an April storm in 2015.

Tuesday snowstorm to bring at least 6 inches statewide

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 26, 2015, at 6 p.m.
A low-pressure system swept across the state early Sunday morning bringing snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain.