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Fifth annual Santa Ride to distribute goodies in Charleston

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
CHARLESTON, Maine — The Charleston Fire Department will offer its fifth annual Santa Ride, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Members of the Fire Department will escort Santa on 32 miles of town roads while he hands out goodie bags to all of the children of Charleston. Santa plans …
Isaih Gray kicks up some slush and water in a turn during the Maine State Amateur Championship race of the first annual Maine Pro/Am 100 snowmobile racing event on the ice of Mooshead Lake in Greenville.

Agreement reached on alternative snowmobile trail in Moosehead Lake region

By Piscataquis Observer Staff on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
GREENVILLE | The ongoing problem with snowmobile access in part of the Moosehead Lake Region took a step toward being solved this week, according to an agenda item on the Dec. 17 selectmen’s agenda. An agreement has been reached between the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club and the Wilson Pond …
Snowmaking returned to Big Squaw Mountain near Greenville for the first time in several years as two used snow guns purchased from a resort in upstate New York were fired up on Dec. 8. The mountain is scheduled to open for the season on Dec. 20.

Big Squaw Mountain ski area set to open this weekend

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
BIG MOOSE TOWNSHIP | The soda machines are filled, parking lot cleared, snow guns tested, rest rooms renovated and several other things checked off the “to-do” list. On Saturday, Dec. 20, Big Squaw Mountain ski area officially opens for its third season as a nonprofit entity. As of last …
Clouds fill the low altitude areas around Saddleback Mountain Tuesday evening during sunset. This weather event is known as an inversion. According to AccuWeather.com, the extended forecast shows rain and snow showers on Thursday, clear skies Friday and Saturday with clouds rolling in on Sunday. Temperatures will remain hovering in low 30s and high 20s throughout the weekend.

County expected to get snow Wednesday night into Thursday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 17, 2014, at 8:53 a.m.
CARIBOU | Aroostook County is expected to get hit with fresh snow Wednesday night into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. According to the weather service’s Caribou office, freezing rain and rain were expected to fall throughout the day and change over to snow by nightfall. Up to …
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Maine Highlands Senior Center Receives Grant

By Lesley Fernow on Dec. 16, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Maine Highlands Senior Center in Piscataquis County got a huge boost recently with the announcement of a $300,000 grant award from Next Generation Foundation, a private foundation in Maine. The grant is for the continued renovation and repurposing of Central Hall in Dover-Foxcroft. Dr. Lesley Fernow, …

Up to 10 inches of snow possible in northern Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 16, 2014, at 8:26 a.m.
CARIBOU | Fresh snow is expected to fall in northern portions of the state Wednesday into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service’s Caribou office has posted a winter storm watch for Aroostook, northern Somerset and northern Piscataquis counties. Those areas could see 6 to 10 …
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Legions, Wilderness Walk for Warriors to distribute food baskets

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 15, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
MILO, Maine — The American Legion Post in Milo will be host to Wilderness Walk for Warriors group on Saturday, Dec. 20, for that group to distribute approximately 75 food baskets featuring turkey or ham to be given to families in need in the area. American Legion representatives from posts in Greenville, …
Ethan Wardwell walks his retired racing greyhound Lone in Bangor during a short lull in the rain Wednesday afternoon.

Up to 6 inches of snow forecast for northern, western Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
CARIBOU | Parts of northern and western Maine could get up to half a foot of snow by midday Saturday, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou office. The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for northwest Aroostook County and northern Piscataquis County, effective through noon. Affected …

Dexter man pleads guilty to Guilford Rite Aid robbery

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 09, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
BANGOR | A Dexter man pleaded guilty to robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy in Guilford during a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced in a news release. Court records show that Michael Thompson, 27, went into the drugstore on March 10, 2012, …
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Foxcroft Academy graduate finishes basic military training

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 12:34 p.m.
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Joshua J. Kasprzak graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. …
A truck traverses the Maine Turnpike in Sabattus on Tuesday where the speed limit was down to 45 mph.

Snow, freezing rain, sleet moves into Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 09, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
GRAY | Maine is in the midst of yet another storm, expected to bring up to a foot of snow to some communities, according to the National Weather Service. The bulk of the snow was expected to fall in northern and western Maine. Sleet, rain and freezing rain also …

Nor’easter churning up East Coast expected to bring rain, snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 08, 2014, at 8:38 a.m.
GRAY | A system churning up the Atlantic Ocean is expected to bring two to three days of snow, rain and freezing rain to most of the state, according to the National Weather Service. On Monday morning, winter storm watches had been issued for northern Oxford, Somerset and Franklin …

Freezing rain expected during early part of weekend

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 05, 2014, at 8:50 a.m.
GRAY | Travel conditions are expected to be dicey early this weekend with sleet and freezing rain forecast for Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Precipitation is expected to start as snow Friday night but change over to sleet and freezing snow by Saturday morning, according to the …

Milo comes together to rescue pooch from icy river

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 04, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.
A 9-year-old black lab is safe at home recovering from her unexpected icy plunge Wednesday afternoon into the Sebec River. Maggie, a 9-year-old black lab, had been treading water for at least an hour when she was rescued in an operation that involved an observant local couple, …
A man braves the slippery sidewalk as ice accumulated on just about everything Wednesday morning in Bangor. The overnight snow changed to rain in the early hours making driving and walking hazardous.

Snow, freezing rain give way to rain, freezing drizzle, dense fog

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 03, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
CARIBOU | Commuters throughout the state woke up Wednesday to icy vehicles, slushy roads and even fresh snow thanks to a midweek storm. Their ride home likely wasn’t much better, with rising air temperatures combining with the day’s precipitation to create dense fog Wednesday evening in York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, …
Gary Robichaud, a Maine Discovery Museum maintenance  worker, shovels snow away from the front of the museum Thursday morning in Bangor.

Nearly entire state under winter weather advisory with snow, sleet, freezing rain bearing down

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 02, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
GRAY | Forecasted sleet, snow and freezing rain Tuesday night into Wednesday has the potential to make driving conditions throughout the state slick, according to the National Weather Service. Nearly the entire state will be under a winter weather advisory beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather …
Falling birthrates in the Lincoln area have caused Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln to end its baby delivery service.

Lincoln hospital ends baby delivery service as regional birthrate continues to fall

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 28, 2014, at 6:10 p.m.
A sharp decline in the number of babies born in the Lincoln Lakes region since 2009 and the loss of three doctors will force Penobscot Valley Hospital to end its newborn delivery services on May 1, except in emergencies, officials said Wednesday. There had been 58 babies …

Two men killed in Dover-Foxcroft collision

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 28, 2014, at 8:51 a.m.
Two men were killed Thanksgiving morning in a collision on Route 15, according to police. William Viney, 71, of Sangerville and Josh White, 25, of Greenville were traveling north shortly after 10 a.m. when Viney lost control of his Pontiac Aztec and collided with a pickup driven …
From left, Carter, 6, Holden, 10, and Grace, 10, Adragna sled down a hill Thursday morning at Hayford Park in Bangor. A storm brought several inches of snow to Maine on Thanksgiving Day.

More than 32,000 customers still without power from Thanksgiving storm

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 27, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
FREEPORT | About a foot of heavy, wet snow fell across much of the state overnight Wednesday, thwarting Thanksgiving plans by knocking out power to more than 100,000. But by 4:30 p.m., ovens were heating up in more than half those homes as line crews for the state’s two …
Stephen Grima crosses the street while surrounded by snow on Wednesday in downtown Bangor.

More than 9,000 Emera customers without power in Penobscot, Hancock counties

on Nov. 27, 2014, at 6:43 a.m.
BANGOR | Emera Maine crews have been battling challenging weather conditions overnight, working to restore power to thousands in Penobscot, Hancock, Piscataquis and Washington counties in the wake of a powerful snowstorm that began Wednesday. As of about 4 a.m., more than 9,000 customers were without power, according to …
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