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 …
Snowmobilers race on the ice of Moosehead Lake in Greenville in this March 2010 file photo.

Greenville selectmen continue work on snowmobile trail access after route cut off

By Piscataquis Observer Staff Report on Nov. 26, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
The Greenville Board of Selectmen continued to work on ways to provide more snowmobile access in and around the community after learning that one major route through private property would be cut off this year. At their Nov. 19 meeting, the board unanimously voted to have Town …
The Lafayette Family Cancer Center on Whiting Hill in Brewer.

Piscataquis Community High School Class of 1963 raising funds for cancer-stricken classmate

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Nov. 26, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
CAMBRIDGE | Jesse Smart had worked all his adult life in places such as Fayscott, Hartland Tannery, Hardwood Products and most recently, Sanfield Nursing Care Center, and he was in good physical shape. So when he started losing weight rapidly earlier this year, he sought medical attention and advice. …
A chicken sits in the snow on BDN reporter Julia Bayly's farm in northern Maine in this April 2014 file photo. A resident of Guilford is seeking to legalize raising chickens in the town.

Resident seeks to legalize raising chickens in Guilford

on Nov. 26, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
Haylee Williams didn’t realize she was breaking the law when she decided to raise a few chickens on her family’s property in Guilford a few years ago. As it turned out, an existing ordinance prohibits raising any type of livestock or fowl in residential neighborhoods. So Williams …

Abol Bridge campground owners, maple syrup producers look to expand operations

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Nov. 26, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The Piscataquis County Commissioners agreed to sign letters of intent that will allow a pair of local businesses to apply for Community Development Block Grants. If approved, Abol Bridge LLC of Chesuncook Village and Maine Highlands Sugarworks in Williamsburg Township will use the money to expand their …
Heavy rain was falling Monday in Bangor.

Maine sees unseasonably high temperatures before Thanksgiving snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
CARIBOU | With a Thanksgiving snowstorm churning up the East Coast, Mainers woke up Tuesday morning to unseasonably high temperatures. While it’s not impossible that some communities will see record-breaking high temperatures, Rich Norton, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said it’s unlikely any records will …

Community creates scholarship fund in memory of Dexter police detective

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 21, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
Residents have established a memorial scholarship fund in honor of a local police officer who touched many lives during his 24-year career with the Dexter Police Department. Dexter police Detective Lt. Alan Grinnell died Monday night of natural causes, Town Manager Shelley Watson said Tuesday. Grinnell, 61, …

Former Sebec woman cleared of forgery, theft charges

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 20, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
BANGOR | A former Sebec woman was cleared of forgery and theft charges in connection with the 2008 theft of nearly $20,000 from an elderly blind man who summered in the small Piscataquis County community, according to the district attorney’s office. Elizabeth “Bess” Cutler and Herbert Swartz initially were …
Lucas Butler

Monson’s new town manager brings diverse background to position

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Nov. 19, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
A former Caribou resident with a background in municipal and state government operations as well as outdoor recreation is the new Monson town manager. Lucas Butler officially started his full-time duties on Nov. 12, although he spent one or two days a week in the town office …

Snow, freezing rain expected for parts of state Monday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 17, 2014, at 8:37 a.m.
CARIBOU | More winter weather is expected in northern and western parts of the state Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Several counties awoke Monday morning to a winter weather advisory in effect, with a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain expected throughout the day. Northern Penobscot, …
West side of the section of Mayo Mill that will house commercial tenants of the first floor and residences on the second and third floors.

Overhaul of the historic Mayo Mill complex a boon to economy, spirit of Piscataquis County

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | After months of ground and interior work, residents and others are beginning to see a glimpse of what’s in store for the historic former Mayo woolen mill complex, a collection of nine buildings overlooking the Piscataquis River. “It’s really come along great now,” Kenneth Woodbury of the …

Late-fall snowstorm wraps up late Friday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 14, 2014, at 8:34 a.m.
CARIBOU | Much of Maine woke up Friday morning to fresh snow coming down and their vehicles needing to be cleared of the new powder. Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties were under a winter weather advisory for much of Friday. As of noon, that had been lifted, according to …
More than a dozen all-terrain vehicles head east on Pritham Avenue (Route 15) in Greenville.

Greenville voters approve increased ATV access to local roads

By Staff Report, Piscataquis Observer on Nov. 12, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
Voters in Greenville passed three resolutions on Nov. 4 that would give all-terrain vehicle riders more access to businesses and connect trails easier in the community. However, two of the questions have to be submitted to the Maine Department of Transportation for final approval, while the other …

Piscataquis Sheriff’s department modifies plan to replace aging vehicles

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on Nov. 12, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department vehicle fleet is in rough shape with several patrol vehicles approaching 140,000 miles on their odometers. Earlier this fall, Chief Deputy Bob Young unveiled a proposal to replace seven front-line cruisers for an estimated cost of $175,000, either through a lease or …

Hunter in Sebec bags rare 8-point doe

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 09, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
A hunter staying at The Rockin P Sporting Lodge called the lodge Saturday morning to say he had just shot an 8-point buck, but upon closer inspection, the buck turned out to be a rare antlered doe. “I did a little research on the Internet, and it’s …
Piscataquis County deputies are looking to speak with this man regarding a string of thefts in the county.

Piscataquis County deputies seek person of interest in thefts

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 07, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Piscataquis County sheriff’s deputies are looking to identify a person of interest in a string of thefts. Lt. James Kane said Friday that police have received complaints of firewood and fuel thefts in the town of Blanchard over the past couple of weeks. A surveillance photo of …

Power outage figures dropping across Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 07, 2014, at 8:33 a.m.
BANGOR | Crews from Emera Maine and Central Maine Power are closing in on restoring power to all customers who lost it during last weekend’s snowstorm. Shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, Emera Maine reported 2,847 customers remained without power. Power has been restored to more than 50,000 customers since …
Snow covers Hammond Street on Sunday morning in Bangor. Another fresh snowfall is expected in northern Maine late Thursday into Friday.

Weather alerts issued for storm expected to hit northern, western Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 06, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
CARIBOU | Less than a week after an early fall snowstorm blanketed much of Maine with more than a foot of snow, fresh snowfall is expected in northern Maine late Thursday into Friday. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches and warnings for northern and western counties. …
A snowstorm brought down lines on Sunday on Sanford Street in Bangor. As of Thursday, many Emera Maine customers remained without power.

Nearly 5,000 Mainers remain without power

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 06, 2014, at 8:38 a.m.
BANGOR | Four days after last weekend’s snowstorm, thousands of Mainers remained without power Thursday. Emera Maine and Central Maine Power crews, however, have been making significant progress. Emera Maine reported Thursday night that about 3,150 of its customers were without power, while electricity had been restored to more …

Far northern Maine could see more snow at end of week

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
CARIBOU | While snow from last weekend’s early fall storm gradually melts, far northern sections of the state could see fresh powder at the end of the week. According to the National Weather Service, Aroostook, northern Somerset and Piscataquis counties could see snow Friday. A low-pressure front is expected …
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