Down East

A pickup truck headed south on Route 191 in Cooper passes a tractor-trailer that went off the road and rolled onto its side on Thursday.

Vanceboro man injured when tractor-trailer rolls onto side

By Tim Cox on July 10, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
COOPER, Maine — A Vanceboro man was injured when the tractor-trailer he was driving went off the road on Route 191 and rolled onto its side Thursday afternoon. Joshua Gass, 27, complained of shoulder pain after the accident, which was reported at about 3:32 p.m. Gass was driving a 2005 …
From the community

Rotary Club Blueberry Pancake Breakfast celebrates 52st year

Bangor Daily News on July 10, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: R. F. Jordan and Sons , 85 Water St., Ellsworth For more information: 667-4626 ELLSWORTH, Maine — The 52nd annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, under the tent at R. F. Jordan and Sons, …
Machias Valley Christian School, in operation since 1981, is in the building of Machias Valley Baptist Church.

Future uncertain for Christian school in Machias struggling with fire code updates

By Tim Cox on July 10, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A Christian school struggling to comply with fire code violations is urging parents to register their children by next week so it will know if it can hold classes in September. Officials of Machias Valley Christian School have been exploring options to remain open since failing a …

More than 1,300 Emera customers without power in parts of Maine Thursday morning

By Julia Bayly on July 10, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — More than 1,300 Emera Maine customers in Aroostook, Penobscot and Washington counties were without power Thursday morning and crews were on the ground searching for the cause, according to information posted on the company’s website. The bulk of those affected are in Aroostook County, with about …
Bob McAllister, a lineman for Emera Maine, attaches equipment to ground power lines in Machiasport on Tuesday so other workers can safely remove a tree that fell onto lines nearby.

A few dozen still without power Down East

By Tim Cox on July 09, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — Emera Maine was working Wednesday to restore power to about three dozen customers still without electricity after Tropical Storm Arthur battered the Down East region last weekend. Thirty-seven customers were still experiencing outages as of early Wednesday afternoon, reported company spokesman Bob Potts, with most of them …
From the community

The British are coming, the British are coming to Eastport

Bangor Daily News on July 09, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — The Eastport Chamber of Commerce will host a series of events on Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12, to commemorate the British seizure of Moose Island during the War of 1812. The events are sponsored by Border Historical Society, Maine Humanities Council, Parks Canada, IGA and …

Commission urges delaying trips on St. Croix River because of high water

By Tim Cox on July 08, 2014, at 6:10 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — Visitors to the St. Croix River region planning recreational activities on the river should consider delaying their trip because of high water, the St. Croix International Waterway Commission urged Tuesday. Rainfall from Tropical Storm Arthur last weekend is still making its way into the St. Croix River …
Vaughan Green takes a break from hauling out a spruce tree that blew over during the weekend storm. Green and others on Wilcox Road in Trescott were still without electricity after losing power Saturday morning.

Emera Maine makes progress Down East, but hundreds still without power

By Tim Cox on July 08, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — Emera Maine crews aided by contractors and utility workers from other states made headway Tuesday in restoring power to customers who have been without electricity since Tropical Storm Arthur traveled through Maine over the weekend. Five hundred forty-four customers were without power, company spokesman Bob Potts reported …

Arthur causes storm damage in Washington County

By Tim Cox on July 07, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
Scenes of damage and clean-up efforts in coastal Washington County communities after a weekend storm.
Harold Crosby of Whiting uses a chain saw to cut up tree that fell away from his home along U.S. 1 on Saturday morning. "I'd like to know how strong the wind was," he said.

More than 2,900 Mainers still without power; Washington County hit hardest

By Tim Cox on July 07, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — Emera Maine was busy Monday trying to restore power to a few thousand customers Down East, but the progress was slow because damage from tropical storm Arthur over the holiday weekend was more extensive than first thought. As the day drew to a close, Monday’s efforts restored …
Hurricane Arthur caused significant damage to the Balsam Valley Amphitheatre, but volunteers worked Saturday to try to get the theatre ready for a concert on Sunday.

Amphitheater nearly destroyed, but country music benefit concert will go on

By Nell Gluckman on July 05, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — The Balsam Valley Amphitheater, which is set to host a performance by country music singer John Michael Montgomery on Sunday, was nearly destroyed by high winds caused by Hurricane Arthur, according to a prepared statement released Saturday. “The winds destroyed tents, equipment and even closed the …
A tree branch caused utility lines to fall outside a building near North Main Street in Old Town on Saturday. The overnight stormed caused many down trees resulting in some residents to lose power.

More than 17,000 in Maine, 250,000 in Canada without power as storm moves north

By Nell Gluckman on July 05, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Emera Maine said nearly 15,000 customers remained without power Saturday night due to damage from high winds and falling trees. That number was down from nearly 20,000 in the late afternoon. Central Maine Power reported more than 2,300 customers without power, mostly in Waldo and Lincoln counties. …
The foundation is nearly complete on the new Danforth Habilitation Residential Center located on Maple Street. The new facility will replace a 124-year-old building being used to care for adults with intellectual disabilities who also require nursing care.

Replacement residential nursing center under construction in Danforth

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on July 04, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
DANFORTH, Maine — A local home for individuals with intellectual disabilities is building a replacement facility thanks to a $1.4 million federal loan. Construction has already begun to replace the aging Danforth Habilitation Residential Center, a small, home-like nursing facility for individuals diagnosed with co-existent health problems and intellectual disabilities. …
Maria McMorrow  of Machias and Sally Erickson of Eastport dance down the line at the Eastport Strings contra dance at the Easport Arts Center in May.

Eastport Arts Center spotlights artistic community

By Tim Cox on July 04, 2014, at 9:43 a.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — The arts are alive and well in the city of Eastport, thanks to a strong community of artists and an umbrella organization that showcases their talents and those of other artists. The Eastport Arts Center offers a wide variety and steady diet of programming, drawing patrons and …

Canadian man drowns near Vanceboro

By Tim Cox on July 02, 2014, at 3:07 p.m.
ST. CROIX, New Brunswick — A Canadian man drowned in Spednic Lake after falling out of a small rubber raft, officials reported Wednesday. The lake is located on the border between northern Maine and New Brunswick. The victim was identified as Jason Townes, 37, of McAdam, reported Sgt. David Craven …
Patrick Keliher (left), Commissioner of the state Department of Marine Resources, and Carl Wilson (right), a department marine scientist, listen to discussion of scallop fishermen in Dennysville recently.

Scallop council rejects state agency’s recommendation, urges longer season

By Tim Cox on July 01, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — A divided state scallop advisory council ignored the recommendations of fisheries experts with the Maine Department of Marine Resources and proposed the same number of fishing days for next season. DMR staff proposed a shorter season in all zones with the same daily scallop harvest limits as …
From the community
KEY WEST, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2012) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) arrives in Key West, Fla. for UNITAS Atlantic 2012. UNITAS Atlantic is a combined South America and U.S. 4th Fleet-sponsored exercise that incorporates participants from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United Kingdom and the host nation, the United States. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Frank J. Pikul/Released)

USS Anzio arrives for Independence Day and Old Home Week

Bangor Daily News on July 01, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
EASTPORT, Maine – The Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) will arrive in Eastport at 10 a.m. Thursday to participate in Independence Day and Old Home Week festivities. The ship, with a crew of nearly 400 sailors, is commanded by Captain Timothy Trampenau, and will be berthed at the breakwater. While in …

Eastport prepares for cruiser visit, four-day July Fourth fete

By Tim Cox on June 30, 2014, at 4:39 p.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — Nearly 400 sailors from the guided missile cruiser USS Anzio will help Eastport mark the July Fourth holiday this week. The Ticonderoga-class ship, based at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, is scheduled to arrive the morning of July 3. Sailors will have liberty during the city’s holiday …
From the stage of Balsam Valley Amphitheater, you can see  reserved seats and a grassy hillside where thousands more can sit and watch. The estimated capacity is about 16,000.

Down East amphitheater to premiere new venue with country music star

By Tim Cox on June 29, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — A message on the Balsam Valley Amphitheater website reads, “If you build it, he will come,” alluding to the 1989 film, “Field of Dreams,” in which Kevin Costner’s character hears a mysterious voice telling him to just that. Costner’s character then plows under a portion of …

Harrington fisherman prospers from his tourism business

By Tim Cox on June 29, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
James Robertson, who fishes for scallops and sea urchins, has built a successful add-on business providing sight-seeing excursions to tourists.
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