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Breakwater collapses in Eastport

on Dec. 04, 2014, at 10:28 a.m.
Video of breakwater collapse in Eastport.
Just a part of the Medric, a pilot boat used by the Eastport Port Authority, can be seen above water at about 1 p.m. Thursday, about two hours before low tide. The breakwater in the background collapsed about 2 a.m., sinking the Medric and damaging several other vessels in the inner harbor.

‘Catastrophic failure’ of breakwater in Eastport injures man, sinks boat, damages others

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 04, 2014, at 9:46 a.m.
A “catastrophic failure” very early Thursday morning caused a large section of the Eastport breakwater to collapse into the inner harbor, injuring one man, sinking a boat and damaging numerous other vessels. While local officials estimated damages in the millions of dollars, they also said they were …
From the community
The front hall of Hayden House is decorated for Christmas.

7 new locations on Eastport’s Historic Homes Christmas Tour

on Dec. 04, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Eastport Holiday home tour, Various locations, Eastport, Maine For more information: 207-853-0800 EASTPORT, Maine – Nine Eastport homes, plus the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, and the Peavey Memorial Library will be …

Three injured in Route 9 accident in Washington County

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 03, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
WESLEY | Three people riding in a sport utility vehicle were injured Tuesday evening when the SUV went off Route 9, according to a statement by Maine State Police on Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred about 6:40 p.m. as Hazen Cook, 51, of Calais was driving a 2005 Suzuki …
A man braves the slippery sidewalk as ice accumulated on just about everything Wednesday morning in Bangor. The overnight snow changed to rain in the early hours making driving and walking hazardous.

Snow, freezing rain give way to rain, freezing drizzle, dense fog

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 03, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
CARIBOU | Commuters throughout the state woke up Wednesday to icy vehicles, slushy roads and even fresh snow thanks to a midweek storm. Their ride home likely wasn’t much better, with rising air temperatures combining with the day’s precipitation to create dense fog Wednesday evening in York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, …

State police at scene of serious accident in Wesley

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 02, 2014, at 8 p.m.
Maine State Police are at the scene of a serious motor vehicle crash in Wesley. The accident happened about 7 p.m. on Route 9, a state police dispatcher confirmed. Additional details were not immediately available. Watch for updates.
Gary Robichaud, a Maine Discovery Museum maintenance  worker, shovels snow away from the front of the museum Thursday morning in Bangor.

Nearly entire state under winter weather advisory with snow, sleet, freezing rain bearing down

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 02, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
GRAY | Forecasted sleet, snow and freezing rain Tuesday night into Wednesday has the potential to make driving conditions throughout the state slick, according to the National Weather Service. Nearly the entire state will be under a winter weather advisory beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather …

Emergency outage 1-2 p.m. in Addison area

By Rick Levasseur on Dec. 01, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
An emergency power outage is required between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Monday so that Emera Maine linemen safely can make system repairs in the area, according to the utility company. Emera issued the release about noon Monday and indicated that utility crews were “planning to conduct …
Kira, a 7-year-old Irish setter service dog, watches as her owner, Judi Bayly, loads her scooter into the van after lunch at the Olive Garden in Bangor on Tuesday.

Misuse, misunderstanding of service dog law create troublesome gray area

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 30, 2014, at 6:49 a.m.
BELFAST | Judi Bayly’s service dog, Kira, goes everywhere her owner goes. She has to — the calm Irish setter is crucial to the well-being and freedom of Bayly, who has multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Kira has been on Caribbean cruises, shopping trips to WalMart, to lunches out at …
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables general manager Seraphina Erhart in one of the rooms where kelp is stored before packaging. The companty will relocate from Franklin to Hancock next year.  They sell certified organic seaweed and seaweed products.

Down East Maine producer of Kelp Krunch, Dulse seaweed products plans $1.5M expansion

By Laurie Schreiber, Mainebiz on Nov. 28, 2014, at 8:26 a.m.
A Down East Maine company that turns sea vegetables into tasty treats is expanding. By next summer, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables plans to move from Franklin to Hancock, into twice the space with better access to transportation. Its products are sold under the brands Kelp Krunch, Sea Seasonings, Dulse and …
From left, Carter, 6, Holden, 10, and Grace, 10, Adragna sled down a hill Thursday morning at Hayford Park in Bangor. A storm brought several inches of snow to Maine on Thanksgiving Day.

More than 32,000 customers still without power from Thanksgiving storm

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 27, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
FREEPORT | About a foot of heavy, wet snow fell across much of the state overnight Wednesday, thwarting Thanksgiving plans by knocking out power to more than 100,000. But by 4:30 p.m., ovens were heating up in more than half those homes as line crews for the state’s two …
Stephen Grima crosses the street while surrounded by snow on Wednesday in downtown Bangor.

More than 9,000 Emera customers without power in Penobscot, Hancock counties

on Nov. 27, 2014, at 6:43 a.m.
BANGOR | Emera Maine crews have been battling challenging weather conditions overnight, working to restore power to thousands in Penobscot, Hancock, Piscataquis and Washington counties in the wake of a powerful snowstorm that began Wednesday. As of about 4 a.m., more than 9,000 customers were without power, according to …

Bangor woman accused of fracturing infant’s skull

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
A local woman was indicted Tuesday by the Penobscot County grand jury after allegedly fracturing the skull of her 4-month-old son on Oct. 4. Darcy Henderson-Keaton, 32, of Bangor was indicted on one count of assault on a child younger than 6 years old, a Class C …
Heavy rain was falling Monday in Bangor.

Maine sees unseasonably high temperatures before Thanksgiving snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
CARIBOU | With a Thanksgiving snowstorm churning up the East Coast, Mainers woke up Tuesday morning to unseasonably high temperatures. While it’s not impossible that some communities will see record-breaking high temperatures, Rich Norton, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said it’s unlikely any records will …
From the community
New signage marks the first free WiFi HotSpot in Machias. From L to R: Machias Town Manager Chris Loughlin, Bangor Savings Bank Vice President and Regional Manager Blaine Jones and Kim Emerson of Axiom Technologies.

Free WiFi HotSpot Now Open at Station 98 in Machias

By Hillary Savage on Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:52 a.m.
A partnership between Bangor Savings Bank and Axiom Technologies has made the first ever free, public WiFi HotSpot in Machias a reality. The Free WiFi is now open to the public at Station 98 in downtown Machias. Part of Axiom’s Downtown Machias WiFi Project, Bangor Savings Bank was the first …

Births in Washington, Hancock counties

on Nov. 21, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
Calais Regional Hospital To Jessica and Brodie Tozier, Baileyville, a daughter, Scarlett May Tozier, on Oct. 3, 2014. To Stephanie and Matthew Hallett, Baileyville, a daughter, Cecilia Rose Marie Hallett, on Oct. 3, 2014. To Rebecca Redding and Zachari Newman, Calais, a daughter, Haidyn Jean Newman, on Oct. 28, 2014. …
Leanne Lacombe

Two arrested, accused of illegal evergreen harvesting in Washington County

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 21, 2014, at 12:15 p.m.
LUBEC | It may not get the attention that conventional types of theft get, but this is the time of year when the state’s forest rangers are out in the woods making sure no one is stealing branches off of trees. Last week, those efforts netted six people suspected …

Calais man who sold pesticide that killed lobsters admits lying to agents

By Bill Trotter and Judy Harrison on Nov. 20, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
BANGOR | A Calais man waived indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to making a false statement to federal agents in connection with the illegal use of a pesticide in Canada five years ago. Clyde Eldridge, 65, owner of local feed and pet store C&E Feeds, was …

Ex-pharmacy tech in Pleasant Point pleads guilty to drug, food stamp fraud charges

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 19, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
BANGOR | A former pharmacy technician at the health center at the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation in Perry waived indictment Tuesday and pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with obtaining narcotics illegally and her fraudulent use of food stamp benefits. Tonia D. Smith, 42, of Perry was …
Two pets -- a cat and dog -- were killed in this mobile home fire Tuesday morning in Meddybemps. A woman was able to get safely, however, before the fire destroyed the home.

Dog, cat die in Washington County trailer home fire

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 19, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
MEDDYBEMPS | A local woman escaped harm but two of her pets died Tuesday morning after her gas stove caught some curtains on fire inside her trailer home, according to a local official. Ike Winchester, Meddybemps’ fire chief, said the fire was reported around 8:15 Tuesday morning. The woman …
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