Down East

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 …
Scott Ramsdell

Cutler man indicted on manslaughter charge in crash that killed Millinocket teacher

By Judy Harrison on July 30, 2014, at 2:22 p.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 was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of manslaughter, aggravated criminal operation under the influence …
A worker at the Wyman's of Maine processing plant in Cherryfield conducts a quality control inspection on a 30-pound box of frozen wild blueberries in August 2013.

Wyman & Son acquires 8,000 acres in New Brunswick, expands processing plant on Prince Edward Island

By Tim Cox on July 29, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
MILBRIDGE, Maine — Jasper Wyman & Son, the largest U.S.-owned grower and processor of wild blueberries, announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement to acquire 8,000 acres in northern New Brunswick in order to increase its supply of the low-bush blueberries. At the same time, the company announced the opening …
Excavators work recently to prepare the building site where Helen's Restaurant used to stand.

Helen’s Restaurant gets permit to rebuild

By Tim Cox on July 28, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Planning Board quickly approved a permit Monday night to allow the owners of Helen’s Restaurant to rebuild after a fire that destroyed the landmark business earlier this month. The panel, meeting in a special session that lasted just over 10 minutes, voted 5-0 to issue …
Excavators work recently to prepare the building site where Helen's Restaurant used to stand.

Owners of Helen’s Restaurant seek permit to rebuild

By Tim Cox on July 28, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The owners of Helen’s Restaurant, the landmark business that was destroyed by fire earlier this month, are seeking a permit to construct a new building on the same site next to U.S. 1. David and Julie Barker applied for a building permit July 17. The Machias Planning …
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The start of the parade in 2013.

Free children’s parade part of Wild Blueberry Festival

Bangor Daily News on July 28, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, held annually in August, provides the opportunity for the Washington County Children’s Program, a division of UCP of Maine, to host the annual free Children’s Parade and Entertainment, Friday, Aug. 15. Children of all ages are welcome to join us for this …
Friends check out an exhibit Saturday afternoon at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, one of the stops on the newly-redesigned Downeast Fisheries Trail.

Fisheries trail to encourage tourism, showcase Down East Maine’s maritime heritage

By Abigail Curtis on July 27, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
SEARSPORT, Maine — Locavores who live in or visit the Pine Tree State can meander along the Maine Beer Trail, sipping their way from one microbrewery to the next. They could eat their way from lobster roll to lobster roll along the coast or farm hop to see where their …

Down East, Hancock County Births

on July 25, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
Down East Community Hospital, Machias To Chris and Crystal Perry, Beddington, a son, Remington Scott Perry, on June 7, 2014. To Jason and Mary Norman, Machias, a son, Clayton Michael Norman, on June 11, 2014. To Adrian and Lacey Arsenault, Princeton, a son, Owen Steven William Arsenault, on June 12, …

Wind energy utility leasing more than 7,000 acres of land Down East

By Tim Cox on July 25, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
TRESCOTT, Maine — Atlantic Wind, a subsidiary of a global utility business, has leased thousands of acres in two coastal communities and is gathering data to assess the feasibility of a wind energy project there. Atlantic Wind has leased a little more than 7,200 acres in Washington County, including about …
Passengers and crew on board a tour boat operating out of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, just across the Canadian border from Maine, spotted a great white shark in Passamaquoddy Bay on Monday.

Tour boat guide: Shark was so close ‘you could have jumped on its back’

By Bill Trotter on July 25, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
Nick Hawkins, a naturalist guide with a tour boat operation based in Passamaquoddy Bay, said Friday he has seen sharks in the bay before. Monday’s sighting of a great white shark, just outside the harbor of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, where the tour company Quoddy Link Marine is based, was …
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Charlotte Fire & Rescue Host Season’s Second Baked Bean Supper

By anncarter on July 24, 2014, at 8:53 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Charlotte Fire and Rescue Station, 1100 Ayers Junction Road (Rte. #214), Charlotte, Maine For more information: 454-8825; Calendar: Wednesday, Aug. 6 – Public Baked Bean Supper – Charlotte Fire and Rescue Dept. – 1100 Ayers Junction Rd., Charlotte, ME …
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Planned power interruption July 29 in Machias

Bangor Daily News on July 24, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — There will be a planned interruption of electric service 3-6 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, in Machias. The areas affected will be Cooper Street from Court to North street, including the courthouse and post office. Rain date will be Wednesday, July 30.   This post was contributed by a …

Downeast LNG proposes expanded project, submits request to energy regulators

By Tim Cox on July 23, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
ROBBINSTON, Maine — Downeast LNG has submitted a pre-filing request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to develop its proposed liquefied natural gas import-export facility, the company announced Wednesday. The request is for a facility with significantly more capacity than the company proposed in June, an expansion that also increases …
This boat at Millennium Marine was damaged and fell over when it filled with water after sprinklers were activated by a fire Wednesday morning.

Fire damages new boatbuilding shop in Eastport

By Tim Cox on July 23, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — A fire at a boatbuilding business destroyed one boat under construction, heavily damaged another, and caused widespread smoke and water damage to the shop Wednesday, the company reported. However, Millenium Marine expects to resume operations within a few days, said spokesman John Miller. Millennium Marine expanded to …

Beals residents oppose reduction in post office hours

By Tim Cox on July 22, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
Standing room only in Beals town office as Postal Service official briefs residents on plans to cut hours at island’s post office.
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