Wendy Farley, 48, of Brownville and her attorney Peter Rodway of Portland wait for her trial to begin at the Piscataquis County Courthouse in Dover-Foxcroft in March.

Woman accused of trying to hire hitman to kill husband to plead guilty after March mistrial

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A woman whose trial for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband ended in March when the jury deadlocked is scheduled to plead guilty to charges Monday morning in Piscataquis County Superior Court, according to the district attorney’s office. Wendy Farley, 48, of Brownville, …
Rose Ross, 17, of Holden, and Justin Landry, 17, of Brewer, stand at the summit of Katahdin on June 27, 2014.

Brewer teen rescues grandfather in Baxter State Park, upset with park policy

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 09, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
Night had descended on Baxter State Park when Justin Landry, 17, of Brewer, entered the pitch-dark forest and began hiking up Mount Katahdin, lighting the rocks and roots on the trail with a flashlight. He was scared — not of hiking alone in the dark, but of what he might …

Stolen pickup rolls over in Ripley after pursuit through two counties

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 09, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
RIPLEY, Maine — A pursuit of a stolen pickup truck hauling stolen scrap metal that sped through two counties ended with the truck rolling over in Somerset County on Tuesday afternoon, according to police. The sequence of events started around 3:30 p.m. in the Piscataquis County town of Elliotsville when …

Golfers – It’s TEE TIME!

on July 08, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
That’s the thing about golf. It’s you against nature. You against the lie. The wind. The elements. And it’s you against your best score. You are always trying to improve, every time you walk onto the next tee box, every time you stand over a putt. That’s what keeps you going back for more.

DOT expects to make repairs without shutting down Guilford Memorial Bridge

By Mike Lange, Dover-Foxcroft Piscataquis Observer on July 06, 2014, at 1:12 p.m.
GUILFORD, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation recently held a public hearing at the Guilford fire station to outline plans to replace the deck on Memorial Bridge, a $1.5 million project slated for completion in the 2015 fiscal year. According to Town Manager Tom Goulette, DOT officials presented two …
A tree branch caused utility lines to fall outside a building near North Main Street in Old Town on Saturday. The overnight stormed caused many down trees resulting in some residents to lose power.

More than 17,000 in Maine, 250,000 in Canada without power as storm moves north

By Nell Gluckman on July 05, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Emera Maine said nearly 15,000 customers remained without power Saturday night due to damage from high winds and falling trees. That number was down from nearly 20,000 in the late afternoon. Central Maine Power reported more than 2,300 customers without power, mostly in Waldo and Lincoln counties. …

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 CBS 13 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 …
From the community

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 →
From the community

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, …
From the community

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 …
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