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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.
A plow works to clear an area of snow on Tuesday in Broadway Park in Bangor. According to Reuters, the cold blast that hit Maine on Thursday was brought by a polar vortex.

Mainers urged to prepare for deep freeze

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 15, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
The weather service issued a warning of potential wind chill temperatures down to minus 38 degrees through Friday evening for the northern half of the state.
Members of the community enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as part of the United Way Day of Thanks on Thursday in West Market Square in Bangor. Throughout the day, teams of volunteers and partnering agencies throughout the five counties in Eastern Maine delivered random acts of kindness to individuals, organizations and companies.

United Way volunteers perform random acts of kindness in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2016, at 5:08 p.m.
For example, Bangor Y staffers spent hours making cookies that they delivered to businesses.

Ellsworth man arrested after he accidentally shoots woman at his home

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 11, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
Lawrence Romer, 47, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.
Fishing boats sit in a harbor in Isle Au Haut.

How one coastal Maine high school turned the ship around

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on Dec. 10, 2016, at 10:36 a.m.

Two arrested in Gouldsboro on crack, heroin charges

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 3:14 p.m.
The MDEA arrested two Gouldsboro residents Wednesday on felony drug trafficking charges.
A man walks out of Lily Bay State Park in Greenville on Nov. 22, 2016. The park closes to cars but is still open to visitors in the off season.

This remote Maine region has a chance to grow

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“If you don’t change, you die.”
Ellsworth Police Chief Harold "Pete" Bickmore

Ellsworth reprimands new police chief

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 06, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
The city’s police chief has been formally reprimanded by the city manager for violating city personnel policies.
Omar, 4, Anas, 7, and Eyad Raslan, 6, resettled with their parents to Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, this summer. They came through a program of the Canadian government that allows private citizens to sponsor refugees.

Immigrants built rural Maine. Canada shows how they could do so again

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“It’s a lot harder to hate people once you meet them.”
All-terrain vehcile riders and walkers enjoy the multiuse Down East Sunrise Trail that runs from Ellsworth to Ayers Junction in Pembroke on Friday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest section of the trail was held Friday morning at the Ellsworth trail head.

Officials celebrate Sunrise Trail extension into central Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:10 p.m.
“We realize the economic and tourism benefit [the city will receive] from the trail.”
Paul Chiumiento

Orland man gets 6 years for drug trafficking

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.

Saariaho’s L’Amour De Loin Encores in HD at The Grand, Ellsworth

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
A downtown merchant attempts to keep ahead of Thursday’s storm that closed schools and many businesses in Presque Isle and most of Aroostook County.

Second storm this week ups snowfall total to 22 inches in County

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 01, 2016, at 8:41 a.m.
The second major snowstorm to hit Aroostook County this week already had the total snow depth at 22 inches in Caribou by late Thursday afternoon.
Steve Sherman demonstrates how his skidder, nicknamed Matilda, works in Oxbow, Maine.

The forces pulling apart the lives of Maine’s loggers

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Three loggers fight to survive as the world shifts around them.
Steve Sherman, the first assessor in Oxbow Plantation, led his community through the process of deorganizing, culminating in a final town vote Nov. 8. He’s pictured on his Christmas tree farm in Oxbow on Nov. 7.

How the decline of Maine’s rural places changes the people left behind

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 6:01 a.m.
Three people grapple with the decline of the communities that made them.

Night on the Town in downtown Bucksport

By Brook Minner on Nov. 28, 2016, at 12:44 p.m.
The first major snow of the season hit northern Maine over Thanksgiving weekend. By early Sunday, the National Weather Service reported that 10 inches of snow had fallen in some parts of Aroostook County.

Rain to fall across most of the state Tuesday, with snow in The County

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 27, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
A fast moving wave of low pressure is expected to sweep across Maine, bringing 2 to 3 more inches of snow to northern Aroostook County and rain to the rest of the state.

Aging Furry Friends Food Bank fundraiser on now until Dec. 26

on Nov. 25, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.
Just over a month ago, Brooklin resident Libby Chamberlain was thrust into the national spotlight as the founder of Pantsuit Nation, a now 3.7 million-member strong invitation-only Facebook group of Hillary Clinton supporters who have banded together to share and listen to personal stories initially about the election and now about strength, unity and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Pantsuit Nation’s founder refuses to be defeated by Clinton’s loss

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 23, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
She decided that “Pantsuit Nation was more important on Wednesday morning than it was on Tuesday morning.”