Down East

 The former Navy facility is seen in the village of Corea in Gouldsboro recently.

$9 million Down East solar project on hold as bill vetoed

By Darren Fishell on June 29, 2015, at 6:23 p.m.
PORTLAND | A bill to study a new way to compensate electricity customers for the power they generate and return into the grid was vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage on Monday. The legislation, LD 1263, comes as uncertainty looms over just how long the state-level scheme for reimbursing small-scale …
A photo illustration of the proposed Downeast LNG import-export facility in Robbinston.

Downeast LNG signs on engineering firm for proposed gas terminal

By Johanna S. Billings on June 25, 2015, at 4:56 p.m.
ROBBINSTON | Downeast LNG Inc. has signed a letter of agreement with one of the largest engineering and construction firms in the global energy industry to build its proposed liquefied natural gas import-export terminal at Mill Cove in Robbinston. Downeast LNG and CB&I will “work collaboratively to secure the …

Ham and scalloped potato supper at Cherryfield

on June 25, 2015, at 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Cherryfield Congregational Church fellowship hall, 12 River Road, Cherryfield, Maine CHERRYFIELD, Maine — A ham and scalloped potato supper will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 12 River Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. …
Michael K. Lally

Calais Regional Hospital CEO resigns after six years at helm

By Johanna S. Billings on June 24, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.
The chief executive officer of Calais Regional Hospital has resigned. “After much thought and discussion, and with mutual agreement of the board of directors, I feel it is appropriate to pursue other opportunities, both personally and professionally,” Michael Lally said in a prepared statement released Tuesday by …

Route 9 in Crawford closed for two hours

By Johanna S. Billings on June 24, 2015, at 2:49 p.m.
Route 9 in Crawford was closed for two hours Wednesday while crews worked to get a tractor-trailer back on the road. Kim Sawyer, a trooper with the Maine State Police, said Kirk Schurman of Canada was traveling in rainy and foggy weather on Route 9 between 2 …

Lubec Historical Society on ‘Treat’s Island and Col. John Allen’

on June 23, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Lubec Historical Society, 135 Main St., Lubec, Maine The Lubec Historical Society will host a presentation by D. Whitehead from Maine Coast Heritage Foundation on “Treat’s Island and Col. John Allen” at 6 p.m. July 15, at the foundation’s building, 135 Main …
The Portland-based company Wireless Partners has received a loan from the Finance Authority of Maine to help expand 4G LTE service in Washington and eastern Hancock counties, where such coverage is scarce. The map above from the FCC shows the current 4G LTE coverage in Maine.

State backs loan to help expand cell service Down East

By Darren Fishell on June 22, 2015, at 5:11 p.m.
PORTLAND | The state’s business financing authority has agreed to insure a $3.4 million loan for Wireless Partners, which plans to expand the reach of its data networks for smartphone service, centered around Route 1 from Ellsworth to Calais and Airline Road from Calais to Aurora. The company has …

Maine Forest Service seeks help in investigation of suspicious fires

By Johanna S. Billings on June 22, 2015, at 4:41 p.m.
DAY BLOCK TOWNSHIP | The Maine Forest Service is asking for the public’s help with its investigation of three suspicious wildfires last week in Day Block Township, Washington County. “We offer rewards for information leading to arrest and conviction,” Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier said Monday. Anyone with information …
Former Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith, left, pleads not guilty to felony theft charges at an arraignment in Washington County Superior Court June 22. With him is his attorney, Don Brown.

Former sheriff Donnie Smith pleads not guilty to felony theft charges

By Johanna S. Billings on June 22, 2015, at 12:31 p.m.
MACHIAS | Former Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith pleaded not guilty Monday to felony theft charges in connection with illegal expenditures from an inmate benefit account at the 48-bed county jail. Smith was indicted May 4 on charges of theft by unauthorized taking, theft by misapplication of funds, both …
Everard Hall stands at the spot where he will be buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Milbridge. Hall has been digging graves by hand for nearly 50 years.

Graveyard shift: Milbridge man one of the last to dig graves by hand

By Bill Trotter on June 20, 2015, at 5:59 a.m.
Far from seeing anything morbid about his profession, Everard D. Hall regards his work as providing a personal service with divine oversight. He also is one of the last practitioners of his particular trade who still does it by hand. Hall, 70, is a gravedigger. He dug …
Rep. Henry Bear, Houlton Band of Maliseet

Tribal casino bid gains support in State House

By Christopher Cousins on June 19, 2015, at 12:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The House of Representatives on Thursday endorsed a bill that would allow Maine’s Native American tribes to operate a casino in Washington County or Aroostook County. The bill, LD 1446, written by the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, would allow a competitive bid process dependent on which …
Rangers with the Maine Forest Service were called to Day Block Township in Washington County, where three suspicious wildfires were reported within about a quarter mile of each other about 1 p.m. The smallest of the fires was put out by a state police sergeant who was in the area.

Washington County wildfires considered suspicious, regional ranger says

By Dawn Gagnon on June 18, 2015, at 7:37 p.m.
DAY BLOCK TOWNSHIP | Rangers with the Maine Forest Service were called to Day Block Township in Washington County, where three suspicious wildfires were reported within about a quarter mile of each other early Thursday afternoon. The fires began around 1 p.m. along a stretch of Route 9 just …
The Porter Memorial Library, seen on Wednesday in Machias, is facing a funding crisis.

Machias library won’t survive without more funding, says supporter

By Johanna S. Billings on June 17, 2015, at 5:33 p.m.
Town cuts to funding for the Porter Memorial Library could, ultimately, cause the facility to close, according to library board member Gerard NeCastro. At the Machias town meeting June 10, about 20 voters passed an article giving the library $20,000 in fiscal year 2016. The amount is …
Joseph Cassidy

Washington County Community College president to fill in at EMCC

By Nick McCrea on June 15, 2015, at 4:50 p.m.
BANGOR | The head of Washington County Community College in Calais will double up, serving as president of Eastern Maine Community College until a permanent replacement is found, the Maine Community College System announced Monday. “We are grateful to President [Joseph] Cassidy for his willingness to serve both WCCC …

Lubec fire destroys house

By Johanna S. Billings on June 15, 2015, at 2:09 p.m.
A fire late Sunday night destroyed a home at 17 Dewey-Mowry St. in Lubec. The owner, Doug Serrato, and his wife were home when they noticed the fire and called it in at about 11 p.m., according to Lubec Fire Department Chief Robert Hood. No injuries were …
Margaretta Brown of Halifax, Nova Scotia, attended Margaretta Days in part because of the name of the festival. She and her husband, Ross, came to Margaretta Days for the first time in 2007 after seeing an article about it in the Halifax newspaper.

Margaretta Days enjoys beautiful weather, large crowds

By Johanna S. Billings on June 13, 2015, at 8:22 p.m.
MACHIAS | The Margaretta Days Festival this year had a special guest. Dressed in period clothing, Margaretta Brown of Halifax, Nova Scotia, mingled and chatted with others at the event, held to celebrate Machias’ part in the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War. Her husband, Ross, recalled seeing …
Roadkill moose meat browns in skillets at Obadiah's in Machias, where Susan Wright is making stew with it. Water, beer and wine are added to the simmering meat to create a sauce.

Moose stew to lead menu at Margaretta Days in Machias

By Johanna S. Billings on June 11, 2015, at 4:52 p.m.
Homemade moose meat stew will be among the many specialty foods served during Margaretta Days Festival on June 13 at the University of Maine campus in Machias. “People come from far and wide to have the moose meat stew,” said Susan Wright, who is preparing the dish. …

Cause of Calais blaze under investigation

By Johanna S. Billings on June 11, 2015, at 12:37 p.m.
Calais firefighters are investigating a blaze that displaced the occupants of two apartments at 333 Main St. on Wednesday night. The origin of the fire, which caused smoke and heat damage to the building, remains unknown, Assistant Fire Chief Ken Clark said. As of late morning Thursday, …

Firefighters battle Calais blaze

By Dawn Gagnon on June 10, 2015, at 8:58 p.m.
Firefighters from Calais and its mutual aid partners were called Wednesday evening to Main Street to extinguish a fire in a densely developed part of town. The fire call came in shortly before 7:30 p.m. as a fire alarm activation, an emergency dispatcher with Washington County Regional …

Newcomer, former selectman elected in Machias

By Johanna S. Billings on June 10, 2015, at 6:45 p.m.
Newcomer Joshua Rolfe was the top vote getter, receiving 85 votes in Tuesday’s four-way race for two open seats on the Board of Selectmen, according to Machias Town Clerk Sandra N. Clifton. Leslie Haynes, who served on the board before, was second, with 84 votes. Rolfe and …
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