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A man snow blows the sidewalk on Tuesday in front of a hotel on Fore Street in Portland.

Parts of Maine to be hit with deep freeze as snowstorm winds down Saturday

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 30, 2015, at 7:45 p.m.
BANGOR | Light snow that began falling across the state Friday morning intensified by afternoon, dropping more than half a foot of snow in southern and western Maine by Friday evening. The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for the entire state, effective through Saturday morning and …
Jared Clawson, 36, of Monson.

Alleged repeat domestic violence offender indicted by Piscataquis County grand jury

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 30, 2015, at 6:09 p.m.
BANGOR | A Monson man arrested last month on more than a dozen mostly domestic violence charges and a Levant man who led police on a 32-mile chase that ended with a rollover crash in Ripley were among four people indicted Friday by the Piscataquis County grand jury. Jared …
Bangor Public Works crews were busy removing snow from public parking lots and the side of downtown streets, to make room for the next storm, that is expected to bring another 6 to 12 inches of snow by Saturday morning.

Friday storm to intensify as day goes on

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 30, 2015, at 7:56 a.m.
GRAY | Light snow was beginning to fall across the state Friday morning as a winter storm worked its way into the region. The storm, expected to bring more than a foot of snow in some areas, comes in the wake of a Tuesday blizzard that dumped more than …
A man shovels snow from the balcony of a building near the Bangor Waterfront.

National Weather Service predicting another foot or more of snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 29, 2015, at 8:50 a.m.
GRAY | Much of the state enjoyed clear blue skies Thursday, but that will change rapidly as another snowstorm bears down on the area. The National Weather Service has placed the entire state under a winter storm warning, as a front moving in from the Great Lakes is expected …

More than 2,000 lose power in Milo area

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 29, 2015, at 8:16 a.m.
More than 2,000 Emera Maine customers in the Milo area lost electricity Thursday morning. According to an Emera Maine statement, approximately 2,168 customers in the Milo area lost their electricity. The outages occurred around 7 a.m., and shortly before noon, all those customers had had their power …
John Simko

Greenville officials skeptical about LePage’s proposed state budget

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Jan. 28, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.
Three top administrators in Greenville have predicted that if Gov. Paul LePage’s budget passes intact, the result will be “higher property taxes for younger homeowners, greater sales tax exposure as a percentage of personal income by lower-income households, and significant risk to certain nonprofit organizations in our …
A quiet downtown Bangor in the storm.

Blizzard whips into Maine

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 27, 2015, at 9:11 a.m.
BANGOR | Traffic was light in Bangor on Tuesday as a snowstorm brought blizzard conditions into the state. Up to 24 inches of snow are expected in certain parts of the state by the time the storm subsides Wednesday. Tuesday’s snowfall totals varied across the state, with southern Maine …
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The National Weather Service office as seen Monday in Caribou.

‘Calm before the storm’: National Weather Service readies for blizzard in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 26, 2015, at 7:06 p.m.
CARIBOU | Things were pretty quiet Monday afternoon at the National Weather Service office in Caribou as what could be a major snowstorm started churning its way up the Eastern Seaboard toward Maine. “This really is the calm before the storm,” Richard Okulski, meteorologist in charge at the Caribou …
Construction crews work on the former Moosehead Manufacturing and Mayo mill in Dover-Foxcroft Wednesday as part of the Riverfront Redevelopment Project.

Tenants eager to move into redeveloped industrial site in Dover-Foxcroft

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 26, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
Lynette Rayfield is among those who are eagerly looking forward to moving into the historic former Mayo woolen mill complex, a collection of nine buildings overlooking the Piscataquis River currently being redeveloped. She said Friday that she and her husband, William, are retired and will be putting …
Troy McVey (left) appears in court for his arraignment to be charged with the murder of a man in Hollywood, with his lawyer Arthur P. Lindars, in Los Angeles, California January 21, 2015.

Two men from Maine plead not guilty in Hollywood shooting

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters on Jan. 21, 2015, at 3:26 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Two men from Maine pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murder charges in the California shooting death of a homeless man in a Hollywood tourist area, in what police described as a possible drug deal gone awry. Troy McVey, 22, and Coby Kronholm, 21, entered their pleas …

Man gets 28 months in prison for bilking Brownville out of $300,000

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 21, 2015, at 2:20 p.m.
BANGOR | A Vermont man found guilty last year of bilking the town of Brownville out of $300,000 in community block grant money to construct a small manufacturing plant and employ at least 10 area residents was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 28 months in federal prison. …
Dr. Kenneth Woodbury

Sangerville hires former county economic development official as town manager

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Jan. 21, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
Dr. Kenneth Woodbury of Greenville, who has served as community development director of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council since 2007, is the new town manager of Sangerville. Woodbury resigned from his position with the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council effective Jan. 16. In his letter to …
From the community

United Way Pantry Project seeks 15,000-plus pounds of food

on Jan. 20, 2015, at 3:23 p.m.
 BANGOR, Maine — The United Way kicked off its 6th annual Pantry Project Tuesday at Hollywood Casino. The campaign goal is to collect more than 15,000 pounds of food between February and the end of April, which will provide more than 5,000 meals. For the fifth year in a row, Hollywood …
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Really Great Coffee wakes up Dover Foxcroft

on Jan. 19, 2015, at 11:47 p.m.
The coffee house is comfortable and inviting, with an eclectic feel. It has introduced a new flavor to Main Street, a fresh energy, attracting customers of every age. It is a great place to meet a friend for a locally baked treat and a chai latte (my personal fav!) or have an out-of-office business meeting, with a double-espresso to keep you focused.

Weather service warns of glare ice on Maine roads, walkways

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 19, 2015, at 8:02 p.m.
BANGOR | The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Monday evening warning that the arrival of arctic air from Quebec will result in refreezing, which in turn could result in slick roads and pedestrian walkways in northern and eastern Maine. Affected areas include Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, …

Drifting snow to blame for single-vehicle accident in Sangerville

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 18, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
Poor road conditions are to blame for a single-vehicle accident that sent a Sangerville woman to the hospital early Saturday morning, according to the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office. Sheila Starbird, 56, was traveling north on Route 23 when she struck a patch of snow that had drifted …

Drifting snow to blame for single-vehicle accident in Sangerville

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 17, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
Poor road conditions are to blame for a single-vehicle accident that sent a Sangerville woman to the hospital early Saturday morning, according to the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office. Sheila Starbird, 56, was traveling north on Route 23 when she struck a patch of snow that had drifted …

Fire that destroyed Milo home ruled accidental

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 16, 2015, at 1:28 p.m.
The state fire marshal’s office ruled the fire that destroyed a home in Milo on Wednesday night was accidental. Sgt. Ken Grimes of the fire marshal’s office said Friday it appeared a log rolled out of a fireplace, subsequently igniting combustibles. Grimes said it was unclear if …
David Harmon, in a 2001 file photo

Piscataquis County jail administrator announces retirement, criticizes Board of Corrections

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Jan. 14, 2015, at 11:59 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | After four heart attacks, two surgeries and six years of frustration dealing with the Maine Board of Corrections, Piscataquis County Jail Administrator David Harmon has announced his retirement effective Friday, Jan. 16. In a letter presented to the county commissioners at last week’s meeting, Harmon stressed that …
A fancy chicken peers out from its cage at the Fryeburg Fair on Oct. 3, 2014.

Public hearing set on Guilford’s proposed chicken-raising ordinance

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Jan. 14, 2015, at 11:56 a.m.
A petition circulated by a local high school student to change Guilford’s zoning laws to permit a limited number of chickens to be raised in town took another step forward last week. The Guilford Planning Board forwarded a proposed amendment to the town’s land use ordinance to …
 
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