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Jake Hunkler of Beals is shown harvesting rockweed by hand on Fisherman's Island during the summer of 2013 for an experiment by Brian Beal, professor of marine ecology at the University of Maine-Machias and director of research of the Downeast Institute.

Panel of experts to help state marine agency set rockweed conservation areas

By Tim Cox on Aug. 10, 2014, at 4:40 p.m.
The state Department of Marine Resources is putting together a panel to help the agency establish areas where rockweed would be off limits to harvesting. The group is scheduled to begin meetings this month, and DMR is required to report on its progress to the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on …
Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King

$800,000 federal grant to aid at-risk children awarded to Passamaquoddy Tribe

By Tim Cox on Aug. 10, 2014, at 1:17 p.m.
PRINCETON, Maine — The Passamaquoddy Tribe has been awarded the first of what could be several federal grants totaling millions of dollars aimed at coordinating and bolstering services to at-risk children. The $800,000 grant from the Center for Mental Health Services, part of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services …
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 Plastic bin nearly filled with wild blueberries sits in foreground as tractor with mechanical harvesting equipment gathers blueberries in background on a blueberry barren in Columbia. Washington County is Maine's leading producer of wild blueberries.

Growers optimistic as blueberry harvest gets underway Down East

By Tim Cox on Aug. 09, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — It’s that time of year when everything’s coming up blue in Washington County as the harvest of the region’s profitable wild blueberry barrens began this week. Representatives of two major companies said it was too early to predict the size of this year’s harvest, although a couple …
Ted Verrill (left), president and CEO of Halcyon Tidal Power, listens while Ramez Atiya (right), a Utah physicist who is chairman and chief technology officer of the company, addresses Pembroke residents.

Pembroke residents question proposed power project

By Tim Cox on Aug. 09, 2014, at 9:01 a.m.
PEMBROKE, Maine — Local residents were joined by people from other Washington County communities Friday in railing against and questioning a proposed project to build a dam-like structure across the Pennamaquan River to generate electricity. Ted Verrill, president and CEO of Halcyon Tidal Power, and Ramez Atiya, a Utah physicist …
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Photo workshops are available at the Acadia Night Sky Festival.

Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival in its sixth year

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 08, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine – Down East Maine takes stars seriously. They fiercely protect them and are preparing to proudly show them off on Sept. 25-29, at the sixth annual Acadia Night Sky Festival presented by Celestron. Acadia National Park and Down East Maine are home to some of the most pristine, star-filled night skies that …
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Chicken barbecue at Halcyon Grange

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
BLUE HILL, Maine — Treat yourself to a genuine Down East local chicken barbecue at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23,  at Halcyon Grange on Route 15 in North Blue Hill. Menu will include free-range chicken fresh from the grill, bean-hole beans, coleslaw, potato salad and other salads using fresh local vegetables, …
Dick Dale performing earlier this year. He will headline the 27th Guitars by the Sea festival at Rossport Farms in Eastport on Saturday.

Dick Dale, the legendary ‘King of Surf Guitar,’ still rocks

By Tim Cox, BDN Staff on Aug. 07, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — Old rockers never fade away. They just die. That’s how Neil Young envisioned it in the lyrics to his song “Out of the Blue,” which includes the lines, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” That could very well be the credo of Dick Dale, …
This view shows how the Halcyon Tidal Power Pennamaquan facility is almost entirely submerged and will have both the appearance and function of a footbridge.

Company forging ahead with proposed $125 million Pembroke power project

By Tim Cox on Aug. 06, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A company seeking to develop a dam-like structure across the Pennamaquan River in Pembroke and utilize tidal currents to produce electricity began two days of meetings with state and federal officials on Wednesday. Halcyon Tidal Power is seeking approval for a $125 million project to build a …
Pictured is the Roosevelt's cottage located at Roosevelt Campobello International Park, which is marking its 50th anniversary on Saturday.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park to celebrate 50th anniversary

By Tim Cox on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
CAMPOBELLO ISLAND, New Brunswick — Roosevelt Campobello International Park will hold a celebration Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the park, where U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer home is preserved. It is the world’s only true international park, according to officials, established by a treaty between the U.S. …
Franklin D. Roosevelt sits on a boat off the coast of Campobello Island on June 16, 1933. The Roosevelt Campobello International Park is marking its 50th anniversary on Saturday.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park celebrates 50 years

By Brian Feulner on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
The Roosevelt Campobello International Park on Campobello Island is marking its 50th anniversary Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Dignitaries, from Maine’s Ed Muskie to Queen Elizabeth, have visited the park, and the island served as U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer retreat until his death in 1945. This is a collection …

Police responding to crash on Route 1 in Topsfield

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 06, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
TOPSFIELD, Maine — Emergency responders are at the scene of an accident involving a tractor-trailer on Route 1 in Washington County. A Washington County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said the crash was reported shortly after 1 p.m. The dispatcher said there don’t appear to be life-threatening injuries. No other details were …
College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor is selling this house and 74 acres of surrounding land, which sits on Sipp Bay in Pembroke, in order to fund a scholarship program for students who graduate from Washington Academy in East Machias.

Sale of waterfront property to fund scholarship program for College of the Atlantic

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 05, 2014, at 5:22 p.m.
PEMBROKE, Maine — With the sale of a 74-acre waterfront property, students who graduate from a Washington County high school will have the chance to attend college in Bar Harbor. The land on Garnet Head Road was given to College of the Atlantic by its former owners, Sid and Hazel …

Emera workers trying to determine cause of power outage in Milo area

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
MILO, Maine — Workers from Emera Maine are trying to figure out what caused a power outage to more than 1,000 customers in the Milo area, according to a company press release. The outage primarily affects Milo, Atkinson, Orneville Township, Williamsburg Township, Sebec and Bowerbank. The number of customers affected …
Scott Ramsdell

Cutler man charged in connection with Millinocket teacher’s death pleads not guilty

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 05, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Cutler man charged with manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 27 death of a Millinocket teacher in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Eddington pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to charges related to the crash. Scott Ramsdell, 43, was indicted June …
Diary cows enjoy the sunshine at Tide Mill Farms in Edmunds, one of two former Maine's Own Organic Milk dairy farms seeking funds to support the cost of hauling their milk to market while they work out details of a long-term agreement with Colorado-based Horizon Organic.

One Washington County dairy farm closes, two other former MOO Milk farms seek assistance with transportation

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 04, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Farm Bureau is seeking help for two former Maine’s Own Organic Milk dairy farms in Washington County to support the cost of hauling their milk to market while they work out details of a long-term agreement with Colorado-based Horizon Organic. The farm bureau said Monday …
Chief Joseph Socobasin of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township

Federal grant will advance Passamaquoddy maple syrup venture

By Tim Cox on Aug. 01, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
PLEASANT POINT, Maine — The Passamaquoddy Tribe has been awarded a federal grant that will enable it to advance its fledgling maple syrup production enterprise. The tribe was awarded a rural business enterprise grant of $99,500, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced recently. The funds will be used to help …
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Kathy Hall

Machiasport woman led Maine delegation to national VFW session

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
Maine’s President, Kathy Hall of Machiasport, a member of Captain John E. Williams Memorial Ladies Auxiliary, No. 11553, led the state delegation of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States at the 101st National Convention held July 19-23, at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri. As leading representative of the …

Resignations will leave Columbia Falls town office vacant

By Tim Cox on July 31, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — The town office likely will be closed for the near future after the sudden resignations of the mother and daughter who were the town’s office staff. Treasurer Lenora Weaver and her daughter Nancy Bailey, town clerk, resigned in letters submitted to the Board of Selectmen last …

Fog Festival kicks off five days of music on Campobello Island

By Tim Cox on July 30, 2014, at 5:16 p.m.
CAMPOBELLO ISLAND, New Brunswick — Two performances were scheduled Wednesday night to kick off the second annual Campobello Island’s Fog Festival, five days of free music. Brian Flynn and Blair Tinker and friends were scheduled to perform the first night of the festival, which features artists performing at different venues …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith

Judge dismisses appeals by Washington County sheriff in unemployment disputes

By Tim Cox on July 30, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A Washington County Superior Court judge Wednesday granted motions to dismiss appeals brought by Sheriff Donnie Smith in disputes with two former employees of the county jail over unemployment benefits. An attorney for one of the employees and an assistant attorney general argued during the hearing and …
 
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