Down East

Cora Quimby turned 106 years old earlier this month.  She was a longtime resident of Bucks Harbor and now lives Marshall's Health Care facility in Machias.

‘We didn’t have a lot’: Machiasport woman recalls 106 years of life

By Johanna S. Billings on March 17, 2015, at 5:37 p.m.
Cora Quimby turned 106 on March 4. The Marshall Health Care Facility resident never had a car and didn’t have indoor plumbing until after her son Daniel, now 72, was married. While visiting from Boston one weekend, Daniel installed a modern bathroom. “[Cora] was very thankful, I …
City of Brewer crews remove snow from the corner of streets March 9.

Aroostook, Washington counties could get up to 10 inches of snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 17, 2015, at 8:53 a.m.
CARIBOU | As Mainers awoke on St. Patrick’s Day, white — not Irish green — was the dominant color. With snow expected to fall across eastern, central and northern parts of the state throughout the day, the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast center has posted winter storm warnings and …

Veterans event brings resources and veterans together in East Machias

on March 16, 2015, at 6:18 p.m.
EAST MACHIAS, Maine — The Washington Hancock Community Agency’s Supportive Services for Veterans Families program will host a Veterans’ Resource Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at East Machias Town Hall, on 571 Main St. The event will offer active duty, retired, guard, and reserves from all military services the opportunity …
The new Helen’s Restaurant building is entirely under roof as seen Monday in Machias. Work on the interior is progressing with painting scheduled to begin Wednesday.     BDN photo by Johanna Billings

Rebuilt Machias restaurant Helen’s to reopen soon

By Johanna S. Billings on March 16, 2015, at 5:54 p.m.
Helen’s Restaurant, which was destroyed by fire last July, could be open again as early as mid-April. “We’re ready to get back to work,” said Julie Barker, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, David Barker. Reconstruction began in October, and now the building is under roof. …
Kimball Hall at the University of Maine at Machias is one of the properties that the University of Maine System Board of Trustees has given the OK to sell, repair or demolish.

University of Maine System trustees OK sale of excess space

By Nick McCrea on March 16, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine System Board of Trustees on Monday gave campus leaders the go-ahead to dispose of properties scattered across the state as part of the system’s ongoing efforts to downsize. Recent independent reviews by Sightlines, a Connecticut-based facilities consultant, found UMS has more space than …
Keith Goodrich

District Attorney: Businesses victimized by unemployment fraud

By Bill Trotter on March 16, 2015, at 1:50 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | The top prosecutor in Hancock and Washington counties is saying a recent spate of criminal unemployment fraud cases pending in his district are hurting businesses. Matthew Foster, district attorney for Hancock and Washington counties, said Monday in a prepared statement that a Bar Harbor man was indicted …
Lubec Selectman Dan Wagner shoveled a path to a friend's house in mid-February. The record-breaking snowfall totals in the Down East community has strained the local infrastructure, but not the neighborliness of the town, residents said.

Unrelenting winter straining many Maine towns, cities

By Stephen Betts on March 14, 2015, at 12:46 p.m.
The brutal winter has drained many snow removal accounts across the state. The latest batch of snow fell Sunday. The jackpot as of early afternoon was Jackman which reported 13 inches of fresh snow, according to the National Weather Service. Presque Isle reported 11 inches, Robbinston 11.6 inches, and Bangor …
Katie Davis, 7,  plays in a wood chip pile, as if she were harvesting corn, while her brother Ben Davis, 3, plays with a Colonial-style toy at Margaretta Day in 2010. The children were dressed in period costumes to celebrate the historic event.

Organizer of Machias’ Margaretta Days urges involvement

By Johanna S. Billings on March 13, 2015, at 5:45 p.m.
Margaretta Days won’t be held until June 13, but the lead organizer for the event is gearing up now and trying to drum up more support from area residents and businesses. Carlene Holmes was handing out fliers last week looking for help and ideas for the festival, …
Jonathan Chevrier

Eastport man accused of kidnapping, attempted murder

By Johanna S. Billings on March 13, 2015, at 1:16 p.m.
MACHIAS | An Eastport man has been indicted on multiple felony charges, including kidnapping and attempted murder, in connection with an attack on his former girlfriend, according to police. Jonathan Chevrier, 30, has been charged with 13 violations including two counts of aggravated attempted murder, gross sexual assault, attempted …

Births in Washington and Hancock counties

on March 12, 2015, at 4:25 p.m.
Calais Regional Hospital To Nara Newell and Emery Vance, Calais, a daughter, Emma Grace Emery, on Jan. 3, 2015. To Nicole Berube and David Campbell, Indian Township, a son, Donovan James Michael Campbell, on Jan. 7, 2015. To Kelly Glidewell, Calais, a daughter, Hazel Grace Glidewell, on Jan. 9, 2015. …

Seventh annual Down East Idol on March 21

on March 11, 2015, at 11:56 a.m.
HARRINGTON, Maine — The seventh annual Down East Idol will commence at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Narraguagus High School in Harrington. Sponsored by the Milbridge Area Merchants Association, the event is the group’s primary fundraiser for its scholarship program. Like last year, there will be three categories of contestants: Junior, Adult, and …

Police investigate fake money circulating in Machias

By Johanna S. Billings on March 10, 2015, at 12:16 p.m.
Machias police are investigating several cases of fraud involving counterfeit cash. Police Chief Grady Dwelley said Tuesday the department has eight to 10 open cases at this time. Police have seen counterfeit bills in denominations from $1 up to $50. Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis said he …
The 87-foot U.S. Coast Guard Moray, normally stationed in Jonesport, is being towed to Baltimore to be examined after running aground off Petit Manan Point on Feb. 20.

Reassigned Maine Coast Guard officer in command when cutter ran aground

By Bill Trotter on March 09, 2015, at 4:31 p.m.
JONESPORT | A boat that was under the command of a U.S. Coast Guard officer who was relieved of duty last week is being evaluated for damage after it ran aground last month off Petit Manan Point. Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Bouchard was on board and in command …
Firefighters from six towns tried to save a log cabin home on Old Mill Stream Road in Waite on Sunday.

Officials: Fire that destroyed log cabin accidental

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 09, 2015, at 1:52 p.m.
WAITE | A blaze that leveled a log cabin in Washington County over the weekend has been deemed accidental, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Sgt. Tim York said in an email Monday that the fire was caused by a vacuum cleaner that likely malfunctioned. The fire, which …
The University of Maine System's Bangor building on Central Street may go up for sale.

University of Maine System trustees to consider sale of Bangor, Portland properties

By Nick McCrea on March 09, 2015, at 1:51 p.m.
Faced with too much space for the number of students enrolled, University of Maine System trustees will decide during their regular meeting next week whether to pursue selling up to 10 properties in four communities around the state. During a Monday morning meeting, the University of Maine …
Firefighters from six towns try to save a log cabin home on Old Mill Stream Road in Waite on Sunday.

Vacuum cleaner explosion ignites fire, destroys Waite home

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 08, 2015, at 2:51 p.m.
An exploding vacuum cleaner ignited a fire that destroyed a log cabin on Old Mill Road on Sunday despite the efforts of firefighters from six towns. No injuries were reported, but the house is a total loss, officials said. Indian Township firefighters called in mutual aid from …
The Maine Department of Marine Fisheries held a public hearing at the 40th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport on Saturday to learn what the fishermen think about proposed amendments to the northern shrimp management plan, which could limit access to the fishery.

Future of shrimp fishery debated at Fishermen’s Forum

By Abigail Curtis on March 07, 2015, at 6:45 p.m.
ROCKPORT | Commercial shrimp fishermen who already have gone two years without a harvest shared sharply divided opinions about the future of their fishery Saturday at the 40th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum. The Maine Department of Marine Fisheries held a public hearing at the Samoset Resort event to learn …

Maine Coast Guard officer relieved of duties by his superiors

By Abigail Curtis on March 07, 2015, at 10:18 a.m.
JONESPORT | U.S. Coast Guard officials said Saturday morning the officer in charge of Jonesport-based cutter Moray has been relieved of his duties because of loss of confidence in his ability to command. Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Bouchard was relieved Friday by Rear Adm. Linda Fagan of the …
These home mailboxes on Water Street in Machias have just recently been re-exposed from a melting roadside pile of plowed snow after weeks of being buried.

Winter weather, mailboxes buried in snow complicate mail delivery Down East

By Bill Trotter on March 06, 2015, at 6:06 p.m.
MACHIAS | The U.S. Postal Service is known for its creed about bad weather not preventing mail carriers from “the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” But for about the past month, that hasn’t exactly been the case in eastern Washington County. The series of snowstorms that has pummeled …
Elvers squirm in a bucket outside the Delaware Valley Fish Company in Portland as they are delivered by truck from Waldoboro in this 2014 BDN file photo. The company buys the immature eels from fisherman and packs them for transport overseas. The 2014 value of Maine's elver fishery fell 74 percent from its 2013 value.

Elver fishery value plunges 74%

By Bill Trotter on March 05, 2015, at 6:52 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | After two years of runaway catches and explosive value, Maine’s elver fishery fell substantially back toward Earth in 2014, according to state officials. But despite a near 75 percent reduction in the value of the volatile fishery, elver fishermen in Maine still did pretty well last year, …
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