Eyes to the sky. Over the years, John and Robin Barker have scanned the horizon around their Bridgwater home for the most accurate reading of what’s happening in the atmosphere. The couple has volunteered their reporting skills to the National Weather Service for nearly 40 years as part of the Cooperative Observer Program.

Maine weather spotter has had his eyes on the skies for nearly 40 years

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 05, 2016, at 11:34 a.m.
John Barker has witnessed and reported many storms in the last nearly four decades since he took over serving in the Cooperative Observer Program from his father, Elliot Barker, who also volunteered in the program for a number of years.
Five motor scooters entered in The Real Cannonball Race left Imperial Beach, California, on Oct. 2, headed for Madawaska, Maine.

Madawaska awaits cross-country Cannonball scooter racers

By Jessica Potila, Fiddlehead Focus on Oct. 05, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The racers are taking part in The Real Cannonball, deemed by organizers as “the world’s most extreme motor-scooter endurance race.”
A board covers up a hole on Monday at the post office in St. Agatha, which received substantial damage after a vehicle struck the side of the building Friday night.

Pickup truck strikes St. Agatha post office

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on Oct. 03, 2016, at 4:20 p.m.
Some services at the St. Agatha post office have been disrupted temporarily and the building is under repair after a pickup truck struck the building Friday, Sept. 30.
This base and a bronze statue that stood atop it in front of the St. Mary of the Visitation Church in Houlton were damaged Saturday morning when a man rammed his truck into them. Damage to the statue, which was removed, and the base was estimated at $2,500.

Hodgdon man accused of ramming truck into Catholic church statue

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 03, 2016, at 1:01 p.m.
“The conversation with the man led [Quint] to believe that the man was responsible for it, and further conversation led to the man admitting it.”
Nancy Wright

Littleton educator, farmer honored for agriculture work

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 30, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
“I was surprised and honored by the award,” said Nancy Wright.
The end of the state’s 27 Healthy Maine Partnerships comes as the Maine Department of Health and Human Services changes the way it handles substance use, tobacco and chronic disease prevention, but with little public explanation of the changes it’s making.

Maine dissolves 27 local public health groups with little explanation

By Adanya Lustig, Matthew Stone and Rosie Hughes on Sept. 30, 2016, at 4 p.m.
The LePage administration is undoing a structure created after years of statewide discussion and planning.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 9.29.16 edition

on Sept. 30, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.
One Life Project - Youth Voice.

These are some of the best ways to prevent drug use

on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
Does your local school know about them?
Firefighters work to contain an early morning blaze Thursday at the property of Tina Raven-Kingson in Monticello. Traffic on U.S. Route 1 was blocked off for several hours as crews from Monticello, Littleton and Bridgewater fought the fire.

Fire flattens Monticello building, blocks Route 1 traffic

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Sept. 29, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
Traffic along Route 1 was blocked off for several hours, with cars backed up for more than a mile.
Matthew Braun leads the Biddeford chapter of Young People in Recovery.

As a teen this man felt so alone. How his school could have helped.

on Sept. 29, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Principals want to better support students’ mental health, but they need the tools — and guidance themselves.
Brig. Gen. Douglas Farnham, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, speaking at a press conference on the Maine Military Authority's contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone.

MMA hopeful of saving jobs, resolving cost overruns on transit bus contract

By Anthony Brino on Sept. 28, 2016, at 5 p.m.
Maine’s top military official, Brig. Gen. Douglas Farnham, said Wednesday he is optimistic about resolving cost overrun issues with the Maine Military Authority’s $19 million contract to renovate 32 Massachusetts buses.
Ally Beeman, 13, reacts to her "big" through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Tabitha Fillion, while waiting for sunset at the harbor in Rockland on a brisk evening in mid-September.

‘An urge to help': How a caring adult changes the course of a child’s life

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 6:21 a.m.
Maine, however, is neither funding its mentoring programs nor advising them.

Regulators want public input on Emera’s rate hike

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:41 p.m.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday in Presque Isle.

Two arrested in suspected meth lab in Washburn, No. 102 statewide

By Anthony Brino on Sept. 27, 2016, at 11:46 a.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating what could be the fifth methamphetamine manufacturing lab busted in Washburn this year and the second within 1,000 feet of a school.
A Caribou man was injured in a midmorning tractor-trailer crash on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, after police say the bulk truck he was operating overturned and spilled its load of potatoes in Connor Township. Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall said that the truck driver suffered non life threatening injuries.

Caribou man injured after truck spills potatoes

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
A Caribou man was injured in a midmorning tractor-trailer crash after police say the bulk truck he was operating Monday overturned and spilled its load of potatoes in Connor Township.
Daren the lion asks for a high-five at a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.

The research isn’t with D.A.R.E — but police love it, and Maine schools still use it

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Around 60 schools in Maine still use D.A.R.E., more than any other packaged program.
"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.
Hugh Corbett, executive director of the Maine Military Authority, shows Gov. Paul LePage a fixed-route transit bus refurbished by the company on Jan. 16, 2014, in Augusta.

Military official says bus rehab costing more than the contract pays

By Fred Bever, MPBN on Sept. 26, 2016, at 7:23 p.m.
Workers at the former Loring Air Force base are still on the job this week, and the state’s adjutant general says he’s hopeful that Maine and the Boston-area transit system can find a way to complete the project.
Easton High School graduating seniors in June walked the elementary school halls and received well wishes from students and staff members. From front to back are Macey Currier, Emma Bonner, Brandon Hosford (obscured), Jason Gurley and Logan Halvorson.

Easton High School makes national ‘beating the odds’ list

By Anthony Brino on Sept. 26, 2016, at 6:44 p.m.
Easton Junior-Senior High School has found itself as the lone Maine school on Newsweek’s list of 500 American high schools that are overcoming barriers to student success.
People look at a moose that was brought in to be tagged and weighed at the Gateway Variety store in Ashland Monday on the first day of moose hunting in 2016. This moose shot by Kenneth Hunt of Phippsburg weighed 965 pounds.

A happy birthday hunt pays off on Maine moose hunt opening day

By John Holyoke on Sept. 26, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
Monday marked the opening day of the first session of this year’s moose hunt in Maine, with 72 bull permits allocated in eight Wildlife Management Districts in the northern part of the state.

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