Down East

 

Talk on HMS Halifax, British vessel shipwrecked off Foster Island

on Jan. 06, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
MAINE FOCUS
A hunter stands out among brown fall trees in Oxbow on Nov. 8, 2016.

Where Maine is losing its workers the fastest

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
Over the last 45 years, Maine had the greatest portion of people in their prime working years in 1999.
Janet Driensky and her sons, Jackson Paddock and Justin Paddock (left to right) make star lanterns Monday at Expressions, an art gallery on Main Street that offers workshops and features the work of local artists.

Art gallery, workshops helping to revitalize Main Street in Machias

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 04, 2017, at 3:04 p.m.
“My goal is to make this a town that you want to live, in work in and visit.”
A plow works to remove snow from a bridge in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Ice storm in Maine cancels school for many, delays for others

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 04, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
“Bangor reported 0.15 inches of ice. That glaze of ice can make traveling dangerous.”
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Writing over the door in a hallway of Piscataquis Community Secondary School, which serves the seventh through 12th-grade students of School Administrative District 4. The district's 2016-17 budget was narrowly approved by voters during the Nov. 8 election.

The poorest Maine school districts that pay the most

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:16 a.m.
The cost that each local community pays each year varies in Maine from $2,000 per student to $25,000 per student.
Ruth Moore, a military sexual assault survivor, recently talks about using funds from a benefit settlement to purchase a house on School Street in Machias to help Down East veterans connect with services.

Maine woman uses military settlement money to buy house for veteran resource center

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 03, 2017, at 4:53 p.m.
“We want to be a resource for Washington County veterans,” Ruth Moore said. “We want to have a 24/7 presence eventually.”
LIFE DOWNEAST

A New Year memory of what I see, when I look Downeast

on Jan. 02, 2017, at 10:26 a.m.
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Pharmacist Ben Okafor (right), who was born and raised in Nigeria before moving to Maine in 2007, helps a customer on Dec. 15 at his pharmacy in Eastport.

How one immigrant is helping to improve this coastal Maine community

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 01, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
“It gives me joy to make a difference in people’s lives,” Ben Okafor said. “Money is good — it counts — but that is not my primary goal. My primary goal is to make a difference, and I know once I do it well, money comes with it.”

How one immigrant is improving a rural Maine community

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on Jan. 01, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
Marina Moscone (right) and her daughter Sasha, 4, take a walk through Chapin Park in Bangor on Friday.

Maine power companies still grappling with effects of season’s first nor’easter

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 31, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
As of noon on Saturday, more than 16,000 CMP customers were without electricity. Meanwhile, nearly 700 Emera Maine accounts were waiting for service to be restored.
Air-supported indoor practice facility Mahaney Dome, which collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow that fell Thursday night into Friday, can be seen on Friday at the University of Maine in Orono.

Nor’easter blankets Maine, collapses UMaine’s Mahaney Dome

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
The snow knocked out power to more than 100,000 residents, brought down utility lines and even caused the University of Maine’s Mahaney Dome to collapse.

More than 16,000 are without power Down East

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 24, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
Donna Pickard of Far Point Farm in Steuben may have to stretch her own meals, but she will give away her food to someone who needs it.

A simple change could give Maine’s hungry, rural people more food

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
The first in-depth look of its kind shows that 59 percent of people are using food pantries more this year than last.
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Cutler man shot, another arrested

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 22, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
A man is in jail facing a charge of elevated aggravated assault after he allegedly shot another man in the abdomen early Thursday.
Matthew Davis of Houlton waits for his double murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center on Dec. 8.

Jurors in slaying of Oakfield couple deliberate 6 hours, go home for night

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 20, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
Jurors deliberated six hours Tuesday at the Washington County Judicial Center before asking to go home for the night without reaching a verdict in the double murder trial of Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton.
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When the memories stop with me. Christmas as an only child.

on Dec. 20, 2016, at 5:05 a.m.
Matthew Davis of Houlton speaks with family members while he waits Dec. 8 for his murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center.

Jury to deliberate Tuesday on fate of Houlton man charged with Oakfield slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 19, 2016, at 7:31 p.m.
Jurors will begin deliberating Tuesday morning in the double murder trial of Matthew Davis, 35, of Houlton after hearing closing arguments Monday afternoon.
Matthew Davis of Houlton speaks with family members while he waits Dec. 8 for his murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center.

Defense tries to show accused killer’s feet too big to have been at crime scenes

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 19, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
A private investigator hired by the defense on Monday measured the feet of Matthew Davis, who is accused of slaying an Oakfield couple more than three years ago as part of a crime spree, to show jurors that his size 10½ feet were two sizes larger than the footprints found at two of the scenes.
Robert Smith picks out food items from the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Dover-Foxcroft one day in late November.

What a close look at 1 school district shows about decisions in struggling Maine towns

on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
“If the children are in poverty, so are their parents.”
The sun peaks out as a snow squall swept over Presque Isle Thursday afternoon, as seen from the slopes of the Quoggy Joe Ski Club.

Messy storm brings wild weather swings over the weekend

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 18, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
More ice and low temperatures expected Monday.