Mike's Country Store in Ellsworth was established in 1897 and closed in 2014.

After more than 100 years of business in Ellsworth, family-owned general store closes

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 06, 2014, at 1:10 p.m.
After more than 100 years of doing business under ownership by one family, a local store on Water Street has closed its doors and sold off its inventory. But there might be new life ahead for Mike’s Country Store, which was run by several generations of the …
The Festival of Lights parade makes it's way down Main Street  in Bangor in this December 2013 file photo. The parade has been cancelled this year.

Bangor, Ellsworth holiday parades canceled because of weather

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 05, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
Holiday parades in Bangor and Ellsworth have been cancelled because of icy weather forecast for Saturday. Neither parade has been rescheduled. “We’re just not going to do one this year and I’m so sorry. People have put so much work into the floats and everything,” Barbara McDade, …
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Model Railroad Club to have working train display at Woodlawn

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 05, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: …
Chef Rich Hanson wheels a roasted pig on a cart past dinners at Cleonice in Ellsworth on Monday, Jan. 29, 2012. Hanson and his wife, Cary, put on a dinner styled after the movie "Big Night" once a year.

Cleonice Bistro, fixture of Ellsworth dining scene for 12 years, to close

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 05, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
The owners of Cleonice Bistro, a fixture of downtown Ellsworth dining since 2002, announced Thursday afternoon that after 12 years in business they would be closing their doors on Jan. 1, 2015. The Maine Grind, the associated coffee shop on the first floor of the old Masonic Hall on Main …

Freezing rain expected during early part of weekend

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 05, 2014, at 8:50 a.m.
GRAY | Travel conditions are expected to be dicey early this weekend with sleet and freezing rain forecast for Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Precipitation is expected to start as snow Friday night but change over to sleet and freezing snow by Saturday morning, according to the …
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The front hall of Hayden House is decorated for Christmas.

7 new locations on Eastport’s Historic Homes Christmas Tour

on Dec. 04, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Eastport Holiday home tour, Various locations, Eastport, Maine For more information: 207-853-0800 EASTPORT, Maine – Nine Eastport homes, plus the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, and the Peavey Memorial Library will be …
The exterior of Sea of Cotton in downtown Bar Harbor. Sea of Cotton, a women's clothing store, will move from Bar Harbor to downtown Bangor in Spring 2015.

Women’s clothing store Sea of Cotton to move shop from Bar Harbor to downtown Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 03, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
Sea of Cotton, a Bar Harbor women’s clothing store open since 2006, will move operations next year from Cottage Street in Bar Harbor to State Street in Bangor. In the spring of 2015, the shop, owned by Bangor resident Joyce Mallery, will open in the storefront next door to the …
A man braves the slippery sidewalk as ice accumulated on just about everything Wednesday morning in Bangor. The overnight snow changed to rain in the early hours making driving and walking hazardous.

Snow, freezing rain give way to rain, freezing drizzle, dense fog

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 03, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
CARIBOU | Commuters throughout the state woke up Wednesday to icy vehicles, slushy roads and even fresh snow thanks to a midweek storm. Their ride home likely wasn’t much better, with rising air temperatures combining with the day’s precipitation to create dense fog Wednesday evening in York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, …

AOS 81 member town voters to consider 2015-16 budget

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 02, 2014, at 8:38 p.m.
AURORA | Residents of the seven communities that belong to Alternative Organizational Structure 81 will be holding their annual budget meeting a little earlier than usual, the superintendent of schools said Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Airline Community School located at 26 …
Virginia and Raymond Hutchins share an affectionate moment in this undated photo. The Gouldsboro couple had been in declining health when their bodies were found in their home on Thanksgiving Day in an apparent murder-suicide.

‘They just couldn’t take the pain anymore’: Daughter remembers parents whose bodies were found Thanksgiving Day in Gouldsboro home

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 02, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.
Raymond C. Hutchins was a former mechanic who owned and operated a local tavern and then a pawn shop. His wife, Virginia M. Hutchins, worked as an ed tech for many years at area grammar schools before retiring a few years ago. They had just celebrated their …
Gary Robichaud, a Maine Discovery Museum maintenance  worker, shovels snow away from the front of the museum Thursday morning in Bangor.

Nearly entire state under winter weather advisory with snow, sleet, freezing rain bearing down

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 02, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
GRAY | Forecasted sleet, snow and freezing rain Tuesday night into Wednesday has the potential to make driving conditions throughout the state slick, according to the National Weather Service. Nearly the entire state will be under a winter weather advisory beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather …

Son who looted Brooke Astor’s fortune dies, leaving MDI property behind

on Dec. 02, 2014, at 12:08 a.m.
Anthony Marshall sits in a wheelchair as he is pushed into a New York courtroom in June 2013 by his wife, former Mount Desert Island resident Charlene Marshall. Marshall died Sunday in New York City at the age of 90. (Reuters photo) Brooke Astor’s son, who was convicted of looting …
Boats drag for scallops in upper Frenchman Bay near Lamoine on Monday. This was the first day of scallop fishing season, which goes through the end of April 2015.

Maine scallop season opens with record high prices

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 01, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | If you like fresh Maine scallops that have been out of the water only a day or two, this is the time of year to enjoy them — but you had better be ready to pay for the privilege. Maine’s 2014-15 scallop season opened Monday at a …

Elderly Gouldsboro couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 27, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Maine State Police say a Gouldsboro couple was found dead Thursday morning in what appears to have been a murder-suicide. Virginia Hutchins, 75, and her husband, 65-year-old Raymond Hutchins, were found dead on the couch in their Grand Marsh Bay home by a relative who went to …
Stephen Grima crosses the street while surrounded by snow on Wednesday in downtown Bangor.

More than 9,000 Emera customers without power in Penobscot, Hancock counties

on Nov. 27, 2014, at 6:43 a.m.
BANGOR | Emera Maine crews have been battling challenging weather conditions overnight, working to restore power to thousands in Penobscot, Hancock, Piscataquis and Washington counties in the wake of a powerful snowstorm that began Wednesday. As of about 4 a.m., more than 9,000 customers were without power, according to …
The Verso paper mill in Bucksport.

Verso workers won’t be laid off until end of December

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 26, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
BUCKSPORT | Millworkers who expected to be laid off as soon as Dec. 1 will get a monthlong reprieve, as Verso Mill officials announced this week they will not let workers go until the end of the month. Bill Cohen, spokesman for Verso, said Wednesday that the company will …
Heavy rain was falling Monday in Bangor.

Maine sees unseasonably high temperatures before Thanksgiving snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
CARIBOU | With a Thanksgiving snowstorm churning up the East Coast, Mainers woke up Tuesday morning to unseasonably high temperatures. While it’s not impossible that some communities will see record-breaking high temperatures, Rich Norton, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said it’s unlikely any records will …

Collision claims life of Hancock woman

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 24, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
TRENTON | A Hancock woman was killed and a Lamoine woman injured in a collision on Jordan River Road on Monday morning, sheriff’s deputies said. Brenda Woods, 53, was traveling north shortly before 10 a.m. when her Hyundai collided with a southbound SUV driven by Jennifer Richter, 24, of …
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Benefit Dinner for Bennet Gray

By Courtney Billings on Nov. 24, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: First Congregational Church of Deer Isle, 63 Church Street, Deer Isle, Maine For more information: 207-542-3048 DEER ISLE, Maine — A dinner, auction, and raffle will be held to benefit Bennet Gray, who was diagnosed with cancer in the beginning …
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Robert Shetterly to unveil portrait of author-activist Alice Rothchild

on Nov. 24, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Blue Hill Library, 5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill BLUE HILL, Maine – Alice Rothchild, physician, author, activist, and filmmaker, will be in Maine for the unveiling of her portrait by Robert Shetterly at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Blue Hill …
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