A single-vehicle crash on Monday in St. Agatha.

St. Agatha woman injured in single-car crash

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 30, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
A 38-year-old woman suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident on Monday on Route 162, police said. Monica Chamberlain of St. Agatha was traveling south when she apparently became ill and drifted off of Route 162, known locally as Main Street, Maine State Police Trooper Nick …

Blaine man arrested on child pornography charge

on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
A local man has been arrested and charged with possessing child pornography, according to the Maine State Police. Robert D. Kinney Jr., 40, was arrested at his Robinson Road home Friday and charged with possession of sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12, according …
Runners enter the finish line of the Color Run held on the Bangor Waterfront on Sunday morning. Sunny weather and temperature highs in the 80s on Sunday set records in several parts of northern and eastern Maine.

Record high temperatures reported Sunday in northern, eastern Maine

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 29, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
CARIBOU | High temperatures over the weekend broke several historical records for the day and season in parts of northern and eastern Maine. Caribou set a record of 84 degrees for the day, officials with the National Weather Service in Caribou said Monday, adding that it also was the …
Picking potatoes, circa 1994

The potato harvest tradition in Maine

By Jeanne Luetjen on Sept. 27, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.
It’s potato harvest time in Maine. Warm days and cool nights make for perfect harvesting weather. The daily temperature swings help produce a good crop. Farmers have been getting equipment and storage areas ready, and although the tractors and harvesters have changed over the years, the results remain the same: …

Fraser Timber’s Masardis mill to be sold to Quebec firm

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 26, 2014, at 4:38 p.m.
The Levis, Quebec-based company Maibec has reached a deal to buy Fraser Timber’s lumber mill in Masardis, a deal expected to close by the end of the year. Maibec announced the deal with the mill that employs about 135 people in a statement this week. It did not disclose the …
Visitors of The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast, clamor for a baked Maine potato. Officials with the Maine Potato Board are currently at the 17-day fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts, overseeing the baked potato booth in the Maine Building. The fair wraps up Sept. 28. About 83,000 potatoes are sold during the fair each year. This year’s Superior potatoes were grown by Barry Campbell of Monticello and Irving Farms in Caribou.

Maine potatoes a big draw at The Big E

By Scott Mitchell Johnson, Presque Isle Star Herald on Sept. 26, 2014, at 3:07 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | There’s nothing quite like a baked Maine potato, and visitors of The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, should know; they buy enough of them. Officials with the Maine Potato Board were at the largest fair in the Northeast overseeing the baked potato booth in the …

Fort Fairfield parishioners make world mission rosaries

By Scott Mitchell Johnson, Presque Isle Star-Herald on Sept. 25, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
In the coming months, world mission rosaries created by the Precious Blood Rosary Guild in Fort Fairfield will be sent to students in the Dominican Republic. Ruth Oakley, director of missions and Catholic relief services for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, contacted the group in …

Billing dispute leaves Presque Isle clinic without access to electronic data on 3,500 patients

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 24, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
As the staff at a small Presque Isle health clinic prepared to see patients one day in July, they stopped short at their keyboards. They soon realized they’d been locked out of the electronic health records for all of their 3,500 patients. Stuck behind a virtual wall, the records — …
Construction on the Oakfield wind farm

Oakfield celebrates windpower project groundbreaking

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 24, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
More than 60 people gathered here Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of First Wind’s 148 megawatt wind project. It is the company’s sixth project in Maine and its largest in New England. The Oakfield Wind project will provide $27 million in tax and community benefit payments to …
This photo was taken Sept. 28, 2014, at Tumbledown Mountain by Amber Wotton.

These photos from BDN readers show the breathtaking fall foliage of Maine

on Sept. 24, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
STATEWIDE | One of Maine’s finest attractions is its annual fall foliage, and residents and visitors alike enjoy the autumn displays of colors. “With below average daytime temperatures and very chilly nights over the past several days, northern Maine has seen the progression of color rapidly spreading throughout the …

Houlton votes to raise fee for burying cremated remains

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 23, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
Town councilors in Houlton opted Monday evening to raise the cost of digging graves for cremated remains at the town’s cemeteries, two weeks after they tabled a discussion about the matter. During the meeting, the council held a public hearing in order to amend the town codes …

Winning $100,000 lottery ticket sold in Mars Hill

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 23, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
A store in Mars Hill is the latest establishment to sell a lucky winning lottery ticket. The Maine Lottery announced Tuesday that a winning ticket worth $100,000 was sold at the One Stop Mars Hill in Mars Hill for the Gimme5 drawing of Sept. 22. The …
Bill Carlin of Lebanon, Maine, smiles while getting his photo taken next to the 975-pound moose he shot near Ashland, Maine, that he called "the hunt of a lifetime" Monday morning at a tagging station during the first day of the 2014 moose hunt.

Youths cash in on first day of moose hunt

By John Holyoke on Sept. 22, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
ASHLAND | At first glance, Tyler Tolman’s first moose hunt appeared to go perfectly. The Mattawamkeag teen began his 15th birthday by getting up bright and early, heading into the woods, and bagging a bull moose, after all. Then he and his father and grandfather hauled the moose back …

Two taken to hospitals after County collision

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 22, 2014, at 12:07 p.m.
EASTON | A collision between an sport utility vehicle and a motorcycle on the Easton Center Road on Sunday afternoon sent two people to hospitals, according to Maine State Police. Zachary Lamoreau, 18, was attempting a left-hand turn onto a private driveway when he collided with a motorcycle driven …

Caribou fire claims garage, threatens classic cars

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 20, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
A garage in Caribou was destroyed on Saturday afternoon after a fire swept through the property on 393 Belanger Road. Capt. Mike McCarthy of the Caribou Fire Department said Saturday that firefighters were called to that address just after 11:48 a.m. “The garage was fully involved when we arrived,” McCarthy …
Motorcyclists line up to participate in the inaugural Mike and Heidi Memorial Ride and Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Merrill and Oakfield.

Oakfield community holds memorial event for couple slain nearly a year ago

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
For just a moment during the cold, windy Saturday morning in Oakfield, the sun peeked out from beneath overcast clouds as a large group of walkers made their way to the Oakfield home that Mike Kitchen and Heidi Pratt had once lived in. Nearly one year ago, …

2 men injured in floatplane crash north of Telos

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 20, 2014, at 9:39 a.m.
Two men suffered minor injuries in a floatplane crash in which the plane’s engine stopped, a wing hit a tree and the plane spun to the ground north of the Telos area, officials said Saturday. The plane’s pilot, Gary L. Norris of Augusta, and his passenger, Robert Wheelock, were both …
Fort Kent students Lacy Pelletier (left) and Gabrielle Martin create sidewalk art as part of the Chalk it Up Fort Kent domestic violence awareness event Friday.

Hope and Justice Project takes domestic abuse message to the streets in Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
Nearly four months after her daughter was murdered, allegedly at the hands of her longtime boyfriend, Barbara Theriault on Friday said she will do whatever it takes to prevent another parent from losing a child to domestic violence. “If I can save one person from going …

‘We are very, very relieved’: Madawaska voters pass school budget on third try

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 19, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
The third time was the charm for Madawaska residents, who passed the current school year’s budget by a narrow five votes earlier this week. The $6.5 million fiscal year 2014-15 budget passed three previous town meeting votes but failed twice at referendum before it passed at a …
Carl Flora, president of the Loring Development Authority, talks about the installation of hundreds of solar panels on the old air force base.

Loring Development Authority feeling the power of alternative energy

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:49 a.m.
LIMESTONE | On an old concrete parking lot next to a deserted building on the former Loring Air Force Base, there is something very exciting and environmentally friendly going on. Every day, from sunrise to sundown, 720 state-of-the art solar panels mounted on 30 dual-axis tracking devices produce up …
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