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Zachary Fowler (right) places his hands on his head while he watches the finale of History Channel's "Alone" survival show during a viewing party Thursday at Threshers Brewing Co. in Searsmont. Fowler won the show.

Maine man reacts to winning $500K on History Channel survival show

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 10, 2017, at 5:11 p.m.
“Eighty-seven days is a long time to be alone. I missed my family so much, but they were my drive and my reason for being there,” said Zachary Fowler.
John Hines

Midcoast man gets 10 months for violating federal firearms law

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 10, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Swanville man to time served for illegally possessing firearms after a domestic violence conviction.
Miranda Hopkins

Troy mother accused in death of infant charged with manslaughter, makes bail

By Alex Acquisto on Feb. 10, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
A Troy woman accused in the death of her 7-week-old son has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter.
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Zachary Fowler of Appleton appears on "Alone" on The History Channel.

Maine man lasts 87 days, wins $500K on History Channel survival show ‘Alone’

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 09, 2017, at 10:01 p.m.
Zachary Fowler survived largely on fish and limited edible plants he found in the area, as well as a bird that he took down with a skillful slingshot strike.
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People cross the pedestrian bridge in Bangor Thursday.

Maine hit with second snowstorm in 3 days

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 09, 2017, at 6:52 p.m.
Some places expected to be hit hardest were York County — where as much as 16 inches of snow was forecast — and the Down East region, which will see its first major snow event so far this season.
Snow blankets the supersized L.L. Bean Boot outside the Freeport retailer's Main Street store in this January 2015 file photo.

LL Bean offers employee buyouts, ends contributions to company pension plan

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 09, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
The changes “are designed to ensure L.L. Bean continues to be a thriving outdoor company for the next hundred years and beyond,” company Executive Chairman Shawn Gorman said in a statement.

Waldo County man’s death under investigation

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 09, 2017, at 8:32 a.m.
Maine State Police are investigating the death of a man in Waldo.
The Coastal Recovery Community Center will open on the first floor of Rockland's Lincoln Street Center in late February.

Info-only opiate recovery resource center to open in Rockland

By Alex Acquisto on Feb. 08, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
A group hoping to help address the prevalence of opioid addiction in midcoast Maine is planning to open a recovery resource center later this month in Rockland.

Three arrested after Brunswick resident finds two men in home

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 08, 2017, at 11:53 a.m.
Three midcoast men were arrested early Wednesday morning after police allegedly spotted them fleeing from a Brunswick home, where the resident had just reported a burglary.
Vaughn (right) and Jodie Anthony (center), with Paula Ragsdale, stand near their home on Gaecklein Road in Boothbay recently. Next door, contractors for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens have clearcut to the Anthonys' property line to make way for a $30 million expansion.

Beauty or beast? Neighbors fight Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ expansion

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 08, 2017, at 6:50 a.m.
When the expansion is complete, the garden complex will include a new visitor center and gift shop, a restaurant in the existing visitor center, a 16,000-square-foot horticulture research and production facility, and a nearly six-story conservatory, along with expanded parking, formal gardens and trails.
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Early diners await the start of their "Food Journey" through Finland at In Good Company in Rockland on Friday. For nearly 10 years, In Good Company has hosted Food Journeys, a series of dinners themed to a different cuisine, historical period or special event each week in the winter and spring months.

Diners at Rockland eatery In Good Company have come to expect the unexpected

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 07, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
“I can never stop exploring. That’s the fun of it for me. I never get tired of it,” chef Melody Wolfertz said.
Police said Good Samaritans rescued a woman Tuesday morning after her car plunged down an embankment and into a stream in Belfast.

Woman rescued by passers-by after her car plunged into a Belfast stream

By CBS 13 on Feb. 07, 2017, at 10:45 a.m.
Police said Good Samaritans rescued a woman Tuesday morning after her car plunged down an embankment and into a stream in Belfast.
Stephen Smith, president and CEO of Freeport-based L.L. Bean.

Report: L.L. Bean CEO offers help to employees hit by Trump travel ban

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 06, 2017, at 5:10 p.m.
Politico reported that Stephen Smith encouraged employees “personally grappling” with the fallout of Trump’s executive order to contact him directly.
Leonard Lookner

Camden selectman dies suddenly over the weekend

By Alex Acquisto on Feb. 06, 2017, at 11:55 a.m.
Leonard Lookner, vice chair of the Camden Select Board and longtime community member and business owner, died over the weekend.
The wreckage of the El Faro.

El Faro safety probed in final U.S. hearing on sinking

By Letitia Stein, Reuters on Feb. 06, 2017, at 10:40 a.m.
“There’s still a lot of uncertainty about the cause of the sinking.”
Cassandra Lucas loads free firewood into the back of her vehicle at the Waldo County Woodshed in Searsmont Saturday. The Waldo County Woodshed is a charitable organization that gives out firewood to needy families to heat their homes during the winter. They have seen a dramatic increase in the volume of wood it donates across the area.

‘Wood bank’ grows as Waldo County residents struggle to stay warm

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 05, 2017, at 8:26 a.m.
One wheelbarrow at a time, a group of Waldo County residents is doing what it can to help struggling neighbors keep warm.
The Mason Station maintenance building in Wiscasset in May 2016. Peregrine Turbine Technologies is purchasing the building from the town for $18,000.

Midcoast company to build prototype turbine engines

By Abigail Adams on Feb. 04, 2017, at 11:55 a.m.
A Wiscasset company plans to build two prototype turbine engines in the former maintenance building at Mason Station, which it has agreed to purchase from the town for $18,000.
MDEA agents seized more than 4,000 pharmaceutical pills including Oxycodone and Valium along with steroids and a loaded handgun from a home in Topsham.

Police seize more than 4,000 pills in raid on Maine home

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 03, 2017, at 1:53 p.m.
Maine drug enforcement agents on Wednesday seized more than 4,000 pills during a raid on a Topsham home.

Roller derby team may cancel Maine appearance over Trump immigration order

By Alex Acquisto on Feb. 03, 2017, at 1:42 p.m.
A roller derby tournament in midcoast Maine could be affected by President Donald Trump’s recent executive action temporarily banning admittance of citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Protesters arrested last August at Bath Iron Works' christening of the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt march into Sagadahoc County Superior Court to stand trial Wednesday morning.

Anti-war activists convicted for protest outside Bath Iron Works

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 03, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
Ten peace activists arrested in June while protesting outside Bath Iron Works were found guilty of misdemeanors.