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Video: snowbound motorists in Eastport

on Feb. 17, 2015, at 1:29 p.m.
Here’s a video of what Deep Cove Rd. in Eastport looked like yesterday afternoon, after the snow stopped falling from the sky but while the winds were still howling. This section of road is at the southeastern end of the municipal airport, where the wind was roaring down the runway before it blew over the …
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Fred Getchell of Presque Isle got a firsthand look at the whiteout driving conditions as he drove to Easton at around 8 a.m. Monday on Route 10.

High winds, blowing snow create whiteout conditions across Maine

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2015, at 12:01 p.m.
FORT KENT | High winds and blowing snow created headaches for drivers around the state Monday. The winds, combined with the snow that fell over the weekend, created near whiteout conditions. “We recorded a wind gust of 60 mph in Frenchville early this morning,” said Pete Rahe, observing program …
Snow drifts start to take over Harry Snyder's home in Whiting. Washington and York counties gained about 2 more feet of snow with high winds. Inland and northern Maine only received several inches of snow.

Down East, southern Maine get brunt of weekend snowstorm

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
FORT KENT | Not since his days as a lineman on a Montana cattle ranch in the early 1970s has Harry Snyder seen snowdrifts like the ones forming outside his Whiting home this weekend. “Back then, I was snowed in for three days before they could get to me,” …
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Close to a dozen members of the Southwest Harbor fire, police and ambulance departments responded when several calls came in to the regional dispatcher just before 12:30 a.m. reporting people hearing someone yelling and a dog barking near the water.

Dog named Hero rescued from chilly waters

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR | A dog named Hero needed some heroes of his own after falling into the chilly waters of Southwest Harbor early Sunday morning. Nearly a dozen members of Southwest Harbor fire, police and ambulance departments responded to a 911 call that came in just before 12:30 a.m. …
A Bangor resident clears his driveway Sunday afternoon.

Downgraded weekend storm still buries York, Washington counties

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 9:41 a.m.
FORT KENT | Most Mainers expecting to wake up to blizzard conditions Sunday morning were either disappointed or relieved, as the National Weather Service dropped the expected amount of snowfall over most of the state. Heavy snow and high winds are still expected along the coast in far eastern …
Seth King shovels the sidewalk in the front of Giacomo's in Bangor on Jan. 27, 2015.

Weekend blizzard remains on track

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 14, 2015, at 9:52 a.m.
FORT KENT | Forget blue chip or tech stocks. A smart investment this season would have been a snow shovel concession. Another storm system brewing off the coast has much of New England under a winter storm warning, with coastal Maine counties under a blizzard warning starting at noon …
Sophia Johnston, the owner of Humble Horse Farm on Route 1, where 11 horses were removed by state humane agents last fall, is expected to go to trial next month on a civil charge of cruelty to animals, according to court documents filed in Ellsworth.

Ellsworth horse cruelty case scheduled for trial

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 13, 2015, at 5:52 p.m.
The case of a Bar Harbor woman who had nearly a dozen horses removed from her local Route 1 stable may go to a bench trial early next month. Sophia Johnston, formerly known as Sophia Pod, has pleaded not guilty to a civil charge of cruelty to …
A front loader drops snow off a parking garage in Portland on Monday afternoon as the city gets ready for more snow.

Low temperatures, heavy snow to grip state through the weekend

By Christopher Burns and Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 13, 2015, at 8:30 a.m.
GRAY | Keep those shovels within reach and the snowblowers fueled because another weekend storm is descending on the state. Just as much of Maine has begun to dig out from the latest bout of snow, a storm system brewing off the coast has much of New England and …
Adam Earley digs out a sidewalk on Jan. 28 in Portland after a blizzard dumped snow on the city.

Weekend snowstorm upgraded to possible blizzard

BDN staff reports on Feb. 12, 2015, at 6:51 p.m.
CARIBOU | Get the snowblowers and plow trucks ready. Again. The National Weather Service is calling for another major winter storm to dump as much as 16 inches of snow on parts of Maine beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday. A blizzard watch is in effect for southern and …
Samantha Polchies, 26, of Gouldsboro.

Drug cases dominate list of Hancock County indictments

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 12, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Three people arrested last summer in a Gouldsboro drug bust are among several people indicted on drug charges last week by a Hancock County grand jury. Overall, 14 people were indicted on various charges on Feb. 5. Samantha J. Polchies, 26, and Edward M. Muise, 39, both …
A Hinckley picnic boat recently manufactured in Trenton, Maine, is stuck in a pile of snow on Wednesday in downtown Boston. It was being towed to the New England Boat Show at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Towed Hinckley luxury yacht gets stuck in snow in downtown Boston

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 12, 2015, at 5:18 p.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR | There are few places as suitable for showcasing a high-end, luxury consumer product as Boston’s Financial District, even when it happens by accident. Hinckley Yachts, which is based on Mount Desert Island, got a lot of publicity and social media attention on Wednesday in Boston, where …
The former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport

Verso: Bucksport severance payments settled

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 12, 2015, at 2:58 p.m.
A Verso human resources official said the company made its last severance payment to more than 500 laid-off employees last week, in line with a settlement between the company and state government officials. Charles Welch, the human resources manager for the former Verso mill in Bucksport, testified …
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

Ellsworth hospital agrees to join EMHS

By Jackie Farwell on Feb. 12, 2015, at 2:10 p.m.
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital has reached an agreement to join Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, the organizations announced Thursday. Wrapped up six months after Maine Coast and EMHS announced formal negotiations, the deal would integrate the 64-bed hospital and its affiliated clinics and outpatient services into the Brewer-based …
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Stuck Hinckley jet boat in downtown Boston goes viral

on Feb. 12, 2015, at 11:31 a.m.
If you wanted to draw attention to your (very) high-end consumer product, Boston’s Financial District is not a bad place to do it. I am not accusing the truck driver or anyone else involved of doing it on purpose, but Hinckley Yachts got a lot of publicity and social media attention in Boston …
Roger Grindle

Orland man arrested after alleged assault

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 12, 2015, at 11:27 a.m.
A local man is behind bars after being arrested last week on multiple felony charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault at a local residence. Roger E. Grindle, 29, is accused of burning a woman with a cigarette lighter and preventing her from leaving a dwelling on …
Police cruisers block access to the driveway of Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor late Wednesday afternoon.

Police say restricted access to MDI school because of student’s drawing

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 11, 2015, at 4:39 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | After restricting access to Mount Desert Island High School late Wednesday afternoon and evening as a precaution, Bar Harbor police determined that what initially was considered an unsubstantiated threat was the result of a misunderstanding. At issue was a “suspicious and concerning but indirect drawing” located …
A pedestrian walks down Larkin Street in Bangor as another snow storm hits the region on Monday, Feb. 2.

National Weather Service keeping eye on potential weekend storm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 11, 2015, at 4 p.m.
GRAY | Just when Mainers thought they’d had enough snow, forecasters are keeping their eyes on a potential weekend storm, according to the National Weather Service’s Gray forecast center. While forecasters are currently focused on a system expected to bring a couple of inches of snow across the state …

Missing diver found safe off Maine coast

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 10, 2015, at 6:19 p.m.
BROOKLIN | A diver who briefly went missing Tuesday afternoon after the engines on the fishing boat he was working from cut out was found safe off Naskeag Point, according to a U.S. Coast Guard official. The diver’s name, age and hometown and information about the boat he was …
State Police Lt. Rod Charette, the commanding officer for Troop J in Ellsworth,  Bucksport police officer Dan Harlan and Bucksport Fire Chief Craig Bowden were honored for their roles attempting to save the life of a young boy who fell into the Penobscot River in Bucksport.

First responders honored for role in attempting to save boy from Penobscot River

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 10, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.
BUCKSPORT | Two police officers and Bucksport’s fire chief were honored by the Maine Chiefs of Police Association for their role in attempting to save the life of a young boy who fell into the Penobscot River last summer. State Police Lt. Rod Charette, Bucksport police Officer Dan Harlan …

Supper to raise awareness about domestic violence

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 10, 2015, at 11:28 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: YMCA Moore Community Center, 5 General Moore Way, Ellsworth, Maine ELLSWORTH, Maine — A benefit spaghetti supper to raise awareness of domestic violence will be held 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at YMCA Moore Community Center, 5 General Moore Way. The …
 
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