Stories about Down East


Narraguagus tops Calais in high school baseball opener

By Ernie Clark on April 17, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
HARRINGTON, Maine — Less than 36 hours earlier, ice scrapers and snow shovels were the tools of the trade for Mainers trying to rid themselves of one more meteorological poke in the eye from Mother Nature. But Thursday afternoon belonged not to any lingering traces of a harsh winter but …
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Bike racks available for Machias businesses

By Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce on April 17, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Bicycling Committee of the Healthy Main Street program of Machias is purchasing a number of bicycle racks through a state grant that will be placed on public property around town. Any business that wishes to buy a bike rack for their location can get in on …
Michael Lally, CEO of Calais Regional Hospital

Calais hospital cuts hours for 90 employees

By Tim Cox on April 17, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — Calais Regional Hospital has reduced hours for 90 employees and laid off a handful of workers as part of an effort to rein in a deficit of more than $500,000 in the first two months of the fiscal year. The reduction in hours is the equivalent of …

How I got lyme disease, or, why you don’t work in the woods in a thong bathing suit

on April 17, 2014, at 7:57 a.m.
I had Lyme disease for several years in the early to mid-1990s. This was about a decade before it was identified as an epidemic in New Hampshire, so I was misdiagnosed every step of the way. I know exactly how and where I got it. I was showing off for …

‘Olympics’ engage Danforth students in community

By Tim Cox on April 16, 2014, at 8:49 p.m.
Students at East Grand School in Danforth tackle community service projects as part of school’s Academic Olympics.
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“Machias Showcase” set for June to highlight shopping locally

By Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce on April 16, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Machias Revitalization Committee, is hosting “Machias Showcase” on Saturday June 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The community-wide event is geared to increase local shoppers’ awareness about what services and products are available at Machias’ retailers. …

‘Olympics’ engage Danforth students in community

By Tim Cox on April 16, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
DANFORTH, Maine — A group of students from East Grand School were busy as proverbial bees at the town’s little public library on Tuesday. The students, in grades 8-12, were members of a team with a project to accomplish: decorating and sprucing up the children’s section of the library to …

Despite former treasurer’s claim of ‘questionable’ practices, 2 Columbia Falls selectmen vote to close book on old bank account

By Tim Cox on April 15, 2014, at 10:41 a.m.
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — Two members of the Board of Selectmen were satisfied with information they received from Machias Savings Bank about a mysterious bank account. Board Chairman Alan Grant and Todd Emerson voted 2-0 to approve a motion reporting on the outcome of a closed-door session the board held …
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Dining with Diabetes Downeast in Calais

By Tara Wood on April 15, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Calais Methodist Home, 116 Palmer Street, Calais, Maine For more information: 207-255-3345 A Free Program for People with Diabetes and Their Families • Open to anyone with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, family members and caregivers. • Learn how to …
Paige Case, a chemical engineering undergraduate student at the University of Maine, holds a container filled with biofuel oil made from cellulose in waste wood. The new process of creating biofuel was developed by UMaine professor Clayton Wheeler and his students.

Engineers play critical roles in state’s economy

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Special to The Weekly on April 15, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
ORONO — Whether we’re building roads, repairing bridges, erecting buildings, upgrading rail lines, constructing ports, designing mechanical or technical products, or replacing antiquated water and sewer systems, it all starts with engineers. In the United States, trillions of dollars in infrastructure improvements alone are looming. In Maine, we have plenty …
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Second annual Academy Quilt Show

By Leslie McSorley on April 15, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Cherryfield Academy Community Center, 51 Main St, Cherryfield, Maine For more information: 207-483-2131; It’s Spring…or at least we can pretend it is…and time for the second annual Academy Quilt Show. Saturday May 5 from 10-3 come to the Cherryfield …
Sam Woodward, 11, who wants to be an astrophysicist, receives a photo gift and message from the actors of the Big Bang Theory.

‘Big Bang Theory’ actors inspire young Brewer fan

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Special to The Weekly on April 15, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
The six degrees of separation is the mathematical notion that every person on the planet is no more than six people away from every other person, in terms of who knows who. So, you and I are no more than six people away from Harrison Ford, Queen Elizabeth, or a …
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Dental Clinic: Returns: Adult Care Available

By Susan Farley on April 14, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
The New York University College of Dentist Medicine Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Clinic is back in Machias and they have room to see adults. It’s been a year since the no cost clinic was in Machias. About 30 people were waiting for the doors to open this morning. …
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Calais Area Job Fair at CareerCenter

Bangor Daily News on April 14, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Calais CareerCenter, One College Drive, Calais, Maine For more information: 207-454-7551; CALAIS, Maine — The 2014 Calais Area Job Fair will be held 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 17, at Washington County Community College Gymnasium. The fair is sponsored by the …
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Machias Bay Chamber Eggs and Issues at Bluebird Ranch Restaurant

By Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce on April 14, 2014, at 8:55 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The monthly Eggs and Issues Forum, sponsored by the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Bluebird Ranch Restaurant. Crystal Hitchings, manager of the Bold Coast Scenic Byway, will address the breakfast group about how the Byway will affect …

High Heels and Headlamps (…it’s getting to be the right time!)

on April 14, 2014, at 8:51 a.m.
For many years, one of the items on my bucket list has been to observe the spring midnight mating frenzy of the ever-elusive Spotted Salamander—Ambystoma masculatum. I’ve heard about this legendary event but have never had the privilege of witnessing it in the flesh, so to speak. I say “ever-elusive” …
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MMHS Quarter 3 Honor Roll

By Susan Albee on April 14, 2014, at 7:04 a.m.
Machias Memorial High School Quarter 3 Honor Roll Principal Leavitt and the faculty of Machias Memorial High School proudly present the Quarter 3 Honor Roll for academic excellence. The following students have earned the distinction of being recognized as achieving high honors or honors. High Honors Senior class: Nicholas Robicheau …
Firefighters pour water where a blaze consumed an old house in Cooper on March 29.

Feds will have final say on Washington County effort to add hydrant near site of fatal fire

By Tim Cox on April 12, 2014, at 5:53 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — Washington County officials will seek to have a dry fire hydrant installed at a lake in the area where a fire recently destroyed a home and fatally burned the owner. However, the federal government will have the final say in the matter. Washington County Commissioner Chris Gardner, …
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14th Annual Beth C. Wright Walk for Life

By Roberta on April 11, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Location: Addison Town Hall, 334 Water St., Addison, ME For more information: 207-664-0339; www, The WALK FOR LIFE, in honor of those affected by cancer, offers a choice of two walks, both starting from the Addison Town Hall — a 5-mile …
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Downeast Dine, Dance and Donate

By Roberta on April 11, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
Friday, May 16, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Narraguagus High School, 1611 Main St., Harrington, ME For more information: 207-664-0339; www, DOWNEAST DINE, DANCE & DONATE on Friday night, May 16, will be a great warm-up for the WALK for Life on Saturday May 17. There will be …
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