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A man fly fishes in Grand Lake Stream April 20. Members of the Grand Lake Stream Guides Association are afraid allowing alewives to the St. Croix River will ruin their fishery.

Grand Lake Stream guides seek to restrict alewives from upper St. Croix

By Johanna S. Billings on April 24, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
The decades-old debate over the introduction of alewives in the St. Croix River watershed is heating up again. Sport fishing guides and camp owners from the area are seeking to cut off alewife access to the upper St. Croix River, essentially reversing legislation passed in …

Calais gets $1.8 million grant, loan for sewer improvements

By Johanna S. Billings on April 22, 2015, at 5:18 p.m.
Calais is one of 37 communities nationwide to receive a slice of a $112 million pie aimed at improving rural water and wastewater services. “We are very happy,” Calais City Manager Jim Porter said Wednesday after U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the city will receive a …
A still from a video shared by the Wells Police Department early Tuesday morning shows flooding at high tide.

Maine on flood watch as storm brings soaking rain, wind

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
GRAY | Soaking rain and gusty winds rolled through the state Tuesday, with up to 4 inches of rain falling in some areas. According to the National Weather Service, Falmouth received the most rainfall, picking up 4.27 inches, while 3.64 inches of rain fell at the Portland International Jetport. …
A still from a video shared by the Wells Police Department early Tuesday morning shows flooding at high tide.

Flood watches remain in effect as rain continues to fall

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2015, at 8:46 a.m.
GRAY | Pounding rain and howling winds greeted much of Maine Tuesday morning, and much of the state remained under a flood watch with wet weather expected to continue throughout the day. According to the National Weather Service, flood watches will be in effect for multiple counties through Wednesday …
Maine State Police troopers reported seizing these drugs, paraphernalia and counterfeit cash while conducting a speed detail on Route 9 in Aurora on Monday

State police speed trap on Route 9 yields arrests

By Dawn Gagnon on April 20, 2015, at 9:37 p.m.
AURORA | A speed detail on Route 9 in Aurora on Monday resulted in 38 stops and several arrests, Lt. Roderick Charette of Maine State Police Troop J in Hancock County said Monday night in a news release. After he was stopped for speeding, Chad Robinson, 29, of Charlotte …

Roast loin of pork supper at Cherryfield church

on April 20, 2015, at 3:13 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 12 River Road, Cherryfield, Maine CHERRYFIELD, Maine — Roast loin of pork supper, 5:30 p.m. May 13, Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults; $4 for children. …
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Maine search and rescue group’s drone use approved by FAA

By Dawn Gagnon on April 20, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
BANGOR | A Maine-based search and rescue organization has become the first civilian entity of its type to receive permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. The authorization granted to Down East Emergency Medicine Institute on April 6 allows it to operate two …

Machias man charged with multiple violations in high-speed chase

By Johanna S. Billings on April 20, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
An attempted routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase that ended with the driver being arrested Saturday, according to police. Machias Police Sgt. Tim Mace said that when he first saw a vehicle with illegally tinted windows on Water Street he planned to pull the driver …

FEMA urged to include Washington County on snow disaster list

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 17, 2015, at 3:35 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Members of the Maine delegation are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency consider the state’s request to add Washington County to the snow-related disaster declared in March in three other counties. A disaster declaration would trigger the award of federal funding to aid cleanup and repair done by …
Ice jams up next to the bridge over the St. John River in Allagash Thursday morning.

Ice jams, possible rain raises flooding concerns for parts of Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
FORT KENT | State and local officials are keeping a close eye on a massive ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash that could affect towns downriver if it lets go over the next 24 hours. The St. John River rose about 15 feet in 90 minutes …
New York University dental student Farzan Mojgani works on a patient Tuesday during the weeklong dental clinic in Machias.

Crowds at dental clinic highlight need in Washington County

By Johanna S. Billings on April 15, 2015, at 2:09 p.m.
MACHIAS | Robin Marble of Columbia Falls has been without dental insurance for several years. When she broke one tooth and knocked out a filling in another, she didn’t know what she was going to do. Then she heard about the dental clinic offered by New York University College …
Sisters (from left) Wanda Corey, Jolene Doran and Shelly Tinker greet guests at the King Neptune's Brides Bash and Splash in Lubec on April 11.

Down East bash raises money for lost fishermen memorial

By Johanna S. Billings on April 12, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
LUBEC | For the second year in a row, King Neptune made an appearance at the King Neptune’s Brides Bash and Splash. “The people are very nice and friendly,” said Sydney Leach of Camden, dressed in a toga adorned with fishnet and rope completed with a pair of muck …
Crowds shop the prom dress boutique at Washington Academy April 11.

Students gather Down East for free prom dresses

By Johanna S. Billings on April 12, 2015, at 12:14 p.m.
EAST MACHIAS | People came from as far away as Lubec and Bar Harbor to check out the free new or nearly new prom dresses offered by National Honor Society students at Washington Academy. Over the past few months, the students have been collecting dresses for the prom dress …

Two homes destroyed in Danforth fire

By Jen Lynds on April 10, 2015, at 1:25 p.m.
Several members of two families lost nearly everything they own on Thursday evening after a fire that originally began in a two-story home on Central Street ultimately spread out of control to another residence nearby. No family members or firefighters were injured, according to Danforth Fire Chief …
This photo of Hardy, who died in 2008, hangs on the refrigerator at the Burke-Leonardi household in Prospect Harbor. The Newfoundland was the inspiration for Hardy's Friends, which offers assistance to those who might otherwise lose their companion animals. The cat is Peeper, who also is no longer with the family.

Hardy’s Friends assists those in need to care for their pets

By Johanna S. Billings on April 10, 2015, at 10:57 a.m.
PROSPECT HARBOR | A Prospect Harbor couple is helping area families in need keep their companion animals. Susan Burke and her husband, Bill Leonardi, launched Hardy’s Friends to provide temporary assistance such as dog and cat food, cat litter and veterinary care for families in need in the Gouldsboro …
A message to Dave Parsons, the owner of Milbridge Theatre who died Dec. 11, 2014 at the age of 65, was posted recently on the theater's sign.

Milbridge downtown revitalization effort begun

By Johanna S. Billings on April 09, 2015, at 3:57 p.m.
Both a personal and professional interest spurred Crystal Hitchings to start a Milbridge revitalization effort. On a professional level, she works for the Washington County Council of Governments, which, among other things, promotes tourism in the county. On a personal level, she’s a Milbridge resident. “It’s an …
Lubec Selectman Dan Wagner shoveled a path to a friend's house in February.

Mainers weary of ‘brutal’ winter conditions, but end is in sight

By Julia Bayly on April 09, 2015, at 1:34 p.m.
FORT KENT | As parts of Maine woke to more fresh snow or freezing rain Thursday morning, residents took to social media to post photos of the latest round of nasty weather and lament the lingering winter conditions. “When will it end?” and “make it stop” seemed to be …
A city vehicle clears overnight snow in front of Hadlock Filed Thursday morning in Portland on the Sea Dog's baseball team's opening day.

Mixed bag of wintry weather still in store for Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 08, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
FORT KENT | It’s going to get a bit worse before it gets better, according to the National Weather Service. Two weather systems moving into the state starting Wednesday night were expected to bring everything from snow to the far north to rain in the south and low temperatures …
Bill Kitchen of Machias stars in the National Geographic series "The Watch" about living alone in remote, challenging locations.

Machias man featured in new National Geographic TV series

By Johanna S. Billings on April 08, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.
On Thursday night, viewers of a new National Geographic television series are invited to watch Machias resident Bill Kitchen living alone, totally isolated, at an abandoned amusement park that some believe is haunted. Kitchen is among a handful of subjects featured in the four-part series “The Watch,” …
Lubec residents Jolene Doran, Shelly Tinker and Wanda Corey show off the kind of fashions required of guests at King Neptune's Brides Bask and Splash set for April 11. The event will raise money for the Lost Fishermen's Memorial Association.

Wedding gowns, costumes add splash of fun to benefit event in Lubec

By Johanna S. Billings on April 07, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
A Christmas gift for their parents led three sisters to organize a party for a good cause. King Neptune’s Brides Bash and Splash, set to start at 3 p.m. April 11 at Frank’s Dockside Restaurant, will raise money for the Lost Fishermen’s Memorial Association. In the fall …
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