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Pharmacist Ben Okafor (right), who was born and raised in Nigeria before moving to Maine in 2007, helps a customer on Dec. 15 at his pharmacy in Eastport.

How one immigrant is helping to improve this coastal Maine community

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 01, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
“It gives me joy to make a difference in people’s lives,” Ben Okafor said. “Money is good — it counts — but that is not my primary goal. My primary goal is to make a difference, and I know once I do it well, money comes with it.”

How one immigrant is improving a rural Maine community

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 01, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
Marina Moscone (right) and her daughter Sasha, 4, take a walk through Chapin Park in Bangor on Friday.

Maine power companies still grappling with effects of season’s first nor’easter

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 31, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
As of noon on Saturday, more than 16,000 CMP customers were without electricity. Meanwhile, nearly 700 Emera Maine accounts were waiting for service to be restored.
Air-supported indoor practice facility Mahaney Dome, which collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow that fell Thursday night into Friday, can be seen on Friday at the University of Maine in Orono.

Nor’easter blankets Maine, collapses UMaine’s Mahaney Dome

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
The snow knocked out power to more than 100,000 residents, brought down utility lines and even caused the University of Maine’s Mahaney Dome to collapse.

More than 16,000 are without power Down East

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 24, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
Donna Pickard of Far Point Farm in Steuben may have to stretch her own meals, but she will give away her food to someone who needs it.

A simple change could give Maine’s hungry, rural people more food

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
The first in-depth look of its kind shows that 59 percent of people are using food pantries more this year than last.
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Cutler man shot, another arrested

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 22, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
A man is in jail facing a charge of elevated aggravated assault after he allegedly shot another man in the abdomen early Thursday.
Matthew Davis of Houlton waits for his double murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center on Dec. 8.

Jurors in slaying of Oakfield couple deliberate 6 hours, go home for night

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 20, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
Jurors deliberated six hours Tuesday at the Washington County Judicial Center before asking to go home for the night without reaching a verdict in the double murder trial of Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton.
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Matthew Davis of Houlton speaks with family members while he waits Dec. 8 for his murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center.

Jury to deliberate Tuesday on fate of Houlton man charged with Oakfield slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 19, 2016, at 7:31 p.m.
Jurors will begin deliberating Tuesday morning in the double murder trial of Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton after hearing closing arguments Monday afternoon.
Matthew Davis of Houlton speaks with family members while he waits Dec. 8 for his murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center.

Defense tries to show accused killer’s feet too big to have been at crime scenes

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 19, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
A private investigator hired by the defense on Monday measured the feet of Matthew Davis, who is accused of slaying an Oakfield couple more than three years ago as part of a crime spree, to show jurors that his size 10½ feet were two sizes larger than the footprints found at two of the scenes.
Robert Smith picks out food items from the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Dover-Foxcroft one day in late November.

What a close look at 1 school district shows about decisions in struggling Maine towns

on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
“If the children are in poverty, so are their parents.”
The sun peaks out as a snow squall swept over Presque Isle Thursday afternoon, as seen from the slopes of the Quoggy Joe Ski Club.

Messy storm brings wild weather swings over the weekend

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 18, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
More ice and low temperatures expected Monday.
A plow works to clear an area of snow on Tuesday in Broadway Park in Bangor. According to Reuters, the cold blast that hit Maine on Thursday was brought by a polar vortex.

Mainers urged to prepare for deep freeze

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 15, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
The weather service issued a warning of potential wind chill temperatures down to minus 38 degrees through Friday evening for the northern half of the state.
Members of the community enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as part of the United Way Day of Thanks on Thursday in West Market Square in Bangor. Throughout the day, teams of volunteers and partnering agencies throughout the five counties in Eastern Maine delivered random acts of kindness to individuals, organizations and companies.

United Way volunteers perform random acts of kindness in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2016, at 5:08 p.m.
For example, Bangor Y staffers spent hours making cookies that they delivered to businesses.

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on Dec. 14, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
Schooner (right) one of Raye's Mustard's two canine mascots, drowned Thursday morning after getting trapped in the ice that is beginning to form on Boyden Lake. Owner Kevin Raye was able to rescue the family company's other mascot, Dijon.

Schooner, mascot for Raye’s Mustard, drowns in Boyden Lake

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 10, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Schooner, one of Raye’s Mustard’s two canine mascots, drowned Thursday morning after getting stuck in thin ice on Boyden Lake, one of the company’s owners said Saturday.
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