Sangerville resident at odds with selectmen over code of ethics

By Mike Lange, Dover-Foxcroft Piscataquis Observer on July 03, 2014, at 4:38 p.m.
SANGERVILLE, Maine — A Sangerville resident has been gathering signatures for a petition to force the town to add a code of ethics ordinance to next year’s annual town meeting warrant. Rick Dobson said “129 out of 140 people” that he has personally discussed the ordinance with are in favor …
Viewed from atop Hollywood Slots Hotel, thousands watch the Fourth of July fireworks explode over the Penobscot River between Bangor and Brewer.

Forecast has some Maine communities postponing Fourth of July fireworks, Bangor still on

By Nick McCrea on July 03, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Some communities are weighing whether to call off their fireworks in anticipation of wet weather forecast for Fourth of July night. The state’s biggest Independence Day celebration — Portland’s “Stars and Stripes Spectacular,” which includes a performance by the Portland Symphony Orchestra and typically draws 50,000 people …

Piscataquis Community Secondary School fourth quarter honor roll

on July 02, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
Piscataquis Community Secondary School, Guilford Fourth quarter honor roll Grade 12, high honors: Chelsea Baillargeon, Tiia Flick, Jamie Libby, Spencer Martell, Zachery Pratt, Courtney Richardson; honors: Bronson Bateman, Katelyn Bates, Aliza Boone, Jacob Campbell, Jenna Chapman, Jonathan Fortier, Danica French, Travis LaBree, Paul Martin, Zachary McKenney, Luke Nadeau, Casey Northup, …

More than 1,200 Emera Maine customers lose power in Milo area

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 30, 2014, at 9:14 a.m.
MILO, Maine — A power outage early Monday morning left more than 1,200 Emera Maine customers in the dark in Piscataquis County. According to Emera Maine’s website, approximately 1,235 customers were without electricity Monday morning. By early Monday afternoon, the affected customers had their power restored. The outages were caused …
Thousands turned out for the annual Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday.

Mainers celebrate state’s official treat

By WGME on June 29, 2014, at 6:14 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Mainers celebrated the state’s official treat Saturday. Thousands of people were in Piscataquis County for the annual whoopie pie festival. There was something for everyone’s sweet tooth, from the traditional chocolate to maple bacon and mashed potato chocolate chip. More than 15 bakers and vendors were at …
Jason Gourley, 42, a self-employed contractor, was pronounced dead on Range Road in Atkinson on Saturday morning after the tractor he was driving fell from these flatbed trucks and rolled down an embankment, police said.

Guilford man killed, woman injured in tractor rollover in Atkinson

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 29, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
ATKINSON, Maine — A 42-year-old Guilford man was killed and a Guilford woman was injured when a tractor rolled down an embankment and onto him before injuring her on Range Road on Saturday, police said Sunday. Jason Gourley, 42, a self-employed contractor, was pronounced dead at the scene of the …

Abbot Treasure: The Maine House

on June 28, 2014, at 9:57 p.m.
Something beautiful caught my eye… was it a house? A hotel? Whatever it was, it was stunning. An eye-catching, surprising three story building with an architectural wrap around porch, meticulously seated above a rock wall with flower boxes, classy outdoor pendant lights...and beautiful landscape. I was able to catch a glimpse of the inside of the building, and became even more intrigued when I realized that what was on the inside of the building might be even more beautiful that the building’s façade. I knew I would be back.
Blacksmith tools sit in the Blacksmith Shop Museum Tuesday in Dover-Foxcroft. The museum added a new blacksmith demo shop where visitors will be able to see how blacksmithing used to be done.

Blacksmith demo shop opens in Dover-Foxcroft

By Danielle Walczak, BDN Staff on June 27, 2014, at 6:38 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The floor creaks and the smell of weathered wood wafts through the open door of the Blacksmith Shop Museum, where a yellowed notebook holds a register of visitors with just a few names. If the shop’s curator, Dave Lockwood, is successful, by the end of the summer …
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Chicken pie supper buffet at Wayside

Bangor Daily News on June 26, 2014, at 4:27 p.m.
DEXTER, Maine – Wayside Grange offers a chicken pie supper buffet will be held at 5 pm. Saturday, July 12, at Wayside Grange, 851, North Dexter Road, Route 23. Cost of the supper is $7. 924-5711.   This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →
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Baked bean supper at Garland

Bangor Daily News on June 26, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
Friday, July 11, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Garland Grange Hall, Oliver Hill Road, Garland For more information: 207-924-6954 GARLAND, Maine — An all-you-can-eat public baked bean supper will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Garland Grange Hall, Oliver Hill Road. The menu will include baked beans, …
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Summer food program canceled due to lack of interest

Bangor Daily News on June 26, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
GUILFORD, Maine — The Guilford United Methodist Church has canceled the Summer Food Service Program due to lack of interest. If you have any questions, call the office at 876-3372. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →

Dexter man facing arson charge after allegedly burning girlfriend’s belongings in fire pit

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 26, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
DEXTER, Maine — A Dexter man is facing multiple charges, including arson, after allegedly burning belongings of his live-in girlfriend after the pair got into an argument last month, police said. Casey Gilbert, 33, was taken into custody on Wednesday following a lengthy investigation of an incident that took place …

Emera customers without power due to repairs, weather

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 26, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — More than 1,700 Emera Maine customers, including just over 700 in Bangor, were without power Thursday morning, according to the company’s website. An emergency outage in the Broadway area of Bangor due to repairs affected 750 customers for about a half hour. As of 10:30 a.m., power …
Shelley Watson is the town manager in Dexter.

Dexter’s municipal budget could rise by 15 percent

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on June 25, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
DEXTER, Maine — A combination of overdue infrastructure repairs and a $100,000 increase in the town’s share of the SAD 46 budget could hike Dexter’s expenditures in the new fiscal year by as much as 15 percent. The town council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on …
Roberta Hill of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program looks over a map of Moosehead Lake with John Willard, an owner of The Birches resort.

Volunteers watching for invasive species in Moosehead Lake area

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on June 25, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
GREENVILLE, Maine — Moosehead Lake has often been called the Hope Diamond of Maine’s waterways. So it seemed appropriate that a presentation on efforts to keep the lake clean and pristine would take place on another crown jewel: the 100-year-old steamship Katahdin. The workshop on June 20 was hosted by …
Runners and walkers take off at the fourth annual Amy, Coty and Monica 5K in Dexter Sunday morning, June 22, 2014.

Amy, Coty and Monica 5K race draws hundreds to Dexter, raises $14,500 to curb domestic violence

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on June 25, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
DEXTER, Maine — The fourth annual Amy, Coty and Monica 5K Race-Walk in Dexter Sunday morning drew more than 450 participants and raised just over $14,500 for programs to help curb domestic violence in Maine. Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward a proximity monitoring system for abusers, starting …
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Fourth of July events in Sebec Village

Bangor Daily News on June 25, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
SEBEC, Maine — Enjoy an All-American Fourth of July in Sebec Village with food, fun, and so much more. Breakfast will be served at the Sebec Village Community Christian Church at 7:30. The annual 5K Road Race will start at 8:00, and a parade will follow at 9:30. Participants in …
A fisherman casts into the West Branch of the Penobscot with Mount Katahdin in the background in this July 8, 2013 photo.

Helicopter helps rescue Quebec man who fell 20 feet on Katahdin trail

By Mario Moretto on June 23, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine — A 60-year-old Quebec man with head and spine injuries had to be airlifted off Mount Katahdin’s Dudley Trail and taken by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center on Sunday. The condition of the man, whose identity is not being disclosed, was unavailable Monday, but Baxter …

Two hospitalized in head-on collision after pickup swerves to avoid moose

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 23, 2014, at 8:55 a.m.
BIG MOOSE TOWNSHIP, Maine — Two people were sent to the hospital Saturday morning after a head-on collision on Route 15 in which the driver of one vehicle had veered to avoid a moose, sheriff’s deputies said. Mark Mcennis was headed north at 8:14 a.m. when the moose darted out …

Harmony Camp teaches valuable lessons about friendship, diversity

By Natalie Feulner on June 21, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Just like the two main characters in children’s author Arnold Lobel’s book “Frog and Toad Together,” the children at Spruce Run Womancare Alliance’s annual Harmony Camp have a chance to learn several core values this summer — namely valuing diversity, the importance of being a good friend …
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