Down East

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.
James Robertson of Harrington, captain of the Kandi Leigh, talks with customers before taking them on a puffin-watching cruise aboard his boat.

More Maine fishermen finding success, supplementing incomes by offering tourist cruises

By Tim Cox on June 29, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
MILBRIDGE, Maine — At the Milbridge town Marina Friday morning, Linden Perry bailed water from an old wooden skiff to ready it to fetch his lobster boat from its mooring in the Narraguagus River. The aging fisherman exchanged a few bits of conversation with James Robertson about outboard motors. Robertson’s …
Joe Storey (right) of Pembroke conducts a pre-trip inspection under the watch of Lennie Goff, transportation director for the RSU 18 school system in Oakland, on Wednesday at Narraguagus High School in Harrington.

School bus safety conference in Harrington reminds drivers importance of interacting with students

By Tim Cox on June 28, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
HARRINGTON, Maine — School bus drivers were reminded this week that how to safely drive and operate a bus of students is not just about following the correct procedures and making sure the flashing warning lights work. Communicating with students and managing them are equally important. That was a major …
Thomas Tibbs, 47, of Calais was killed when this SUV he was driving went off U.S. 1 in Whiting, overturned several times, and ejected him. Tibbs was pronounced dead at the scene.

Calais man killed in Whiting crash

By Tim Cox on June 27, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
WHITING, Maine — A Calais man was killed Friday when the sport utility vehicle he was driving went off the highway, rolled over several times, and ejected him. Thomas Tibbs, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Ralph Pineo of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Tibbs was driving …

Struggling Lubec nursing home to close in August

By Tim Cox on June 26, 2014, at 6:39 p.m.
LUBEC, Maine — Oceanview Nursing Home & Residential Care will close its doors near the end of August because it can no longer maintain a sufficient number of residents, it announced Thursday afternoon. “We’ve been running under 85 percent occupancy for over six months,” administrator and company president Nathan Brown …

Lubec parents show support for ousted athletic director

By Tim Cox on June 26, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
LUBEC, Maine — Dozens of parents made a show of support this week for a veteran teacher at Lubec Consolidated School who was told she will not be recommended again for athletic director, a post she has held for two years. About three dozen parents plus children met with Superintendent …
Charles Harriman talks about the burglary that occurred  at the Topsfield food pantry last month as he stands behind an empty refrigerator.

Burglary is ‘last straw’ forcing closure of Topsfield food pantry, operators say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 26, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
TOPSFIELD, Maine — Charles and Diana Harriman might still be operating the Topsfield Congregational Church food pantry if it weren’t for a burglary that broke their hearts, they said Wednesday. After running the food pantry for seven years, the Codyville Plantation residents closed the doors on June 17, in response …

Downeast LNG shifts plans, proposes import-export facility

By Tim Cox on June 25, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
ROBBINSTON, Maine — Downeast LNG has been trying to develop a liquefied natural gas import terminal in Robbinston since 2005, but now they are proposing a bi-directional facility that would handle both the import and export of natural gas. “The market has changed a great deal,” company president Dean Girdis …
From the community

25th annual Fishermen’s Day at Stonington Fish Pier

Bangor Daily News on June 25, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Stonington Fish Pier, Waterfront, Stonington For more information: 207-975-9745 STONINGTON, Maine — The Island Fishermen’s Wives Association will host the 25th annual Fishermen’s Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 20, on Stonington Fish Pier. Come join us for a fun-filled day honoring the local fishing heritage. …
Trisha De Graaf, a resource management coordinator for the state Department of Marine Resources, speaks with scallop fishermen at a meeting in Dennysville on Tuesday afternoon.

Scallop fishermen argue against shortening season on Cobscook Bay

By Tim Cox on June 25, 2014, at 11 a.m.
DENNYSVILLE, Maine — Patrick Keliher, Commissioner of the state Department of Marine Resources, came to listen to scallop fisherman on Tuesday afternoon. Some of them gave him an earful. DMR already has distributed information indicating that scallop fishermen enjoyed a banner year in 2013, but they are likely to have …
Forty cats have been rescued from just one home in Washington County, and there may be another 40 coming from the same house.

40 cats rescued from one home, with possibly 40 more to come

By WGME on June 24, 2014, at 5 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Forty cats have been rescued from just one home in Washington County, and there may be another 40 coming from the same house. The cats are currently at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. Some are getting treatment for illness and infection. Rescue workers say the cats will …
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