Down East


Nearly 200 pounds of salmon on its way to Eastport for this weekend’s festival

By Tim Cox on Aug. 29, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — Eastport will celebrate salmon and other seafood this weekend with the city’s annual Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival. A few thousand people are expected to attend the festival, according to Meg Keay, president of the Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event. The grilled salmon …
Machines -- like this tractor harvesting a blueberry barren in Columbia for Cherryfield Foods -- are playing an increasing role in the harvest of Maine's wild blueberry crop.

Hand rakers, migrants being replaced by mechanization in Down East Maine’s blueberry barrens

By Tim Cox on Aug. 29, 2014, at 5:28 a.m.
As Dave Bell drove on the gravel road stretching across vast blueberry barrens being harvested in Columbia recently, he noted how the industry has changed over the decades. The back roads leading to the blueberry barrens used to be clogged with traffic during the blueberry harvest, recalled Bell, general manager …
Longtime Jonesport-Beals boys basketball coach Ordman "Ordie" Alley gets ready to lead his team onto the Bangor Auditorium for the Royals' 2005 Eastern Maine Class D quarterfinal against Lee Academy

Legal experts say Ordman Alley’s claims would test defamation, due process law

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 28, 2014, at 7:22 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Famed former Jonesport-Beals basketball coach Ordman Alley has invoked defamation and denial of due process in defending himself against allegations of sexual abuse that led to his removal from two Maine athletic halls of fame. But legal experts interviewed by the Bangor Daily News said both claims …
The hands of a blueberry picker taken Aug. 18, 1988.

Wild blueberry harvest: celebrating 40 years of Maine’s special fruit

By Jeanne Luetjen, BDN Staff on Aug. 28, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
Maine is known for its blueberries. The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival has drawn people Down East to sample pies, jams and arts and crafts for almost 40 years. But behind the festivals and baked good are the blueberry barrens and the people who work them. For decades, workers have used …
University of Maine at Machias President Cynthia Huggins (right), shown her life partner, Laurel Robinson,speaks with faculty and staff after announcing that she plans to step down at the end of the fall semester.

University of Maine at Machias president to step down

By Nell Gluckman and Tim Cox on Aug. 28, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
Cynthia Huggins is the fourth of seven presidents in the University of Maine System to leave the position during the past three months.
From the community

Chicken pot pie supper Sept. 10

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 28, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 12 River Road, Cherryfield CHERRYFIELD, Maine — A chicken pot pie supper will be held 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Cost is adults, $9; children, $4. This post was contributed by …

Cooke Aquaculture plant in Machiasport running again, hires back 40 workers

By Tim Cox on Aug. 27, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
MACHIASPORT, Maine — Cooke Aquaculture, a leading producer of farm-raised Atlantic salmon and other fish, has resumed operations at a processing plant in Machiasport, the company announced Wednesday. Forty people are working at the plant, operated by True North Salmon, the processing, sales and marketing division of Cooke Aquaculture USA. …
Author Barbar Hurd listens during a discussion at a prose writing conference sponsored by the Cobscook Community Learning Center on Campobello Island recently. Hurd served on the faculty and taught short creative nonfiction and essays.

Down East center focusing more on literary arts

By Tim Cox on Aug. 27, 2014, at 7:47 a.m.
TRESCOTT, Maine — The Cobscook Community Learning Center is putting more focus on the writing arts and in the process is stepping out more into the literary limelight. The nonprofit center, which also operates a community high school program, recently wrapped up its second annual prose conference and this weekend …
The Washington County Sheriff's Office reported this stolen property was recovered in an investigation into burglaries of four seasonal camps near Lower Oxbrook Lake, which is in a remote are north of Grand Lake Stream. Nearly all the stolen property was recovered. Two teenage boys have been identified as suspects and cooperated in the investigation.

2 teens suspected in Washington County camp thefts

By Tim Cox on Aug. 26, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — Two juveniles have been identified as suspects in a series of burglaries at four seasonal camps in the vicinity of Lower Oxbrook Lake, and nearly all of the stolen property has been recovered, Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith reported Tuesday. Both suspects, 17-year-old males, cooperated with investigators, …
Woodland Pulp is located on the international border between Baileyville, Maine, and New Brunswick, Canada.

Despite changes, $120M expansion at Baileyville mill remains on schedule

By Tim Cox on Aug. 25, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
BAILEYVILLE, Maine — Construction to add tissue manufacturing operations at the Woodland Pulp mill has been delayed, but a company official said Monday the project still is expected to be completed on schedule as originally planned. When company officials announced the $120 million expansion by parent company International Grand Investment …
Ordman Alley hollers to his players during a game on Feb. 17, 2003.

Former Jonesport-Beals basketball coach Ordman Alley denies abuse allegations

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Former Jonesport-Beals High School boys basketball coach Ordman Alley on Monday strongly denied allegations of sexual abuse levied against him, which led to his recent removal from two Maine athletic halls of fame. In a press release issued by Alley’s attorney, Brett Baber, Alley called the accusations …
An independent movie being filed in Jonesport and other other locations in Washington County stars Erica Fae (right) and Finish actor Antti Reini (left). Fae, of New York City, is also writer, director and producer.

Indie film starring ‘Harrison Ford of Finland’ shoots scenes in Jonesport

By Tim Cox on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
JONESPORT, Maine — Nearly a dozen people are inside an old office building that houses the Jonesport Historical Society. The majority of them, technicians for a film production crew, are jammed into one tiny room along with the director and an actress. The camera focuses on a wooden counter as …

Police say guns, ATV, fishing gear among items stolen from four Grand Lake Stream camps

By Tim Cox on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating recent burglaries of four camps in a remote area north of Grand Lake Stream. The burglaries occurred over the weekend at camps located off Amazon Road in the vicinity of Lower Oxbrook Lake, Lt. Travis Willey said Wednesday. …
From the community

Eastport Arts Center receives $50,000 from Quimby Family Foundation

By Devon Kelley-Yurdin on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
EASTPORT, Maine – The Eastport Arts Center has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Quimby Family Foundation, the maximum award offered in a highly competitive application process. The support allows a small expansion of hours for the center’s two part-time staff over the next year, and also the addition …

‘I never discouraged anybody’: Washington County sheriff disputes investigator’s report of stonewalling

By Tim Cox on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:48 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith told an employee not to tell an investigator about sheriff’s office operations, according to a report of a county-funded probe that looked at allegations of political activity in Smith’s office. Smith also did not comply with a request under the Freedom of …
Some of the marijuana plants authorities seized in Washington County.

Man who recruited workers for Township 37 pot farm gets 4 years in prison

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The man who testified that he recruited migrant workers to plant, tend and harvest marijuana at a Township 37 pot plantation in Washington County was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to four years in prison. Moises Soto, 53, of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, who took the oath …

Maine marine resources chief names panel to determine rockweed no-harvest areas

By Tim Cox on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced Monday the appointment of five people to a panel that will develop criteria for determining ecologically sensitive areas that should be off limits to rockweed harvesting. The working group is comprised of four scientists and conservationists and one representative of the industry that harvests …

Portland woman found guilty of embezzling $300,000 from Chinese firm that wanted to buy paper mill

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:04 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Cumberland County jury on Friday found a Portland woman guilty of embezzling more than $300,000 from a Chinese firm that had sought to invest in a Baileyville paper mill in 2009. Jurors deliberated for about an hour and 10 minutes before finding Jody Flynn, 61, guilty …

Perry voters approve water regulations

By Tim Cox on Aug. 18, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
PERRY, Maine — Voters in the town of Perry overwhelmingly approved a new ordinance Monday that will regulate the development of water systems, posing a new set of hurdles for a water project proposed by the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point. Residents voted 104-18 to approve the ordinance, which was …
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (from left), Maine Indian Education Superintendent Ron Jenkins, principal Mike Chadwick and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speak with reporters after a tour of Beatrice Rafferty School at Pleasant Point on Monday.

Obama sends 2 Cabinet secretaries to tour Passamaquoddy school

By Tim Cox on Aug. 18, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
PLEASANT POINT, Maine — President Barack Obama’s administration dispatched a pair of Cabinet secretaries to the easternmost region of the U.S. on Monday to get a firsthand look at a Passamaquoddy Tribe school that has been targeted for replacement. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan …
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