Down East

The Town of Machias has gone into cyberspace, launching its first website — — on April 22, according to Town Manager Christina Therrien.

Machias launches its first website

By Johanna S. Billings on April 27, 2016, at 4:31 p.m.
The Town of Machias has gone into cyberspace, joining about 325 municipalities in Maine that have their own websites.
Maine forest rangers have an 11-acre wildfire near Pretty Pond in Washington County 95 percent under control as of 2:40 p.m. April 27.

Forest rangers battle 11-acre wildfire in Washington County

By Johanna S. Billings on April 27, 2016, at 1:59 p.m.
“It is burning pretty aggressively in overgrown blueberry brush and white pine,” Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier said.

Homestyle baked bean supper slated in Jonesport

By Jean Williams on April 27, 2016, at 8:47 a.m.
Saturday, May 7, 2016 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church, Sawyer Square, Jonesport, ME For more information: 2074972289 JONESPORT, Maine — Hand in Hand Fellowship will hold a baked bean supper 4-6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church, Sawyer Square. The menu will …
Stuart Swain, Interim President of University of Maine at Machias, left, and Joseph Cassidy, president of Washington County Community College, sign a collaborative agreement at the 45th Parallel in Perry.

UMaine Machias, community college sign collaborative agreement

By Johanna S. Billings on April 26, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
The University of Maine at Machias and Washington County Community College are working together to bring more academic choices to students at both institutions.

This Mainer hopes to fight addiction before it starts with Down East group

By Johanna S. Billings on April 26, 2016, at 12:23 p.m.
A local businessman is organizing a community group he hopes will educate children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
 Luna (from left), 11, Lucy, 7, and Enzo Lord, 6, watch a movie at the office of their mother, Sarah Lord, owner and agent at the Rier Insurance Agency, on April 20 in Machias. Lord and her husband are fighting to keep their children at Rose Gaffney Elementary School in Machias rather than sending them to school in Edmunds.

Township parents upset over where children told to go to school

By Johanna S. Billings on April 26, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
In an effort to save money, 25 to 30 children in Washington County will be sent to school in Edmunds next year.
Firefighters train with a new ladder truck Saturday morning in Machias before burning down the dilapidated white house which has been vacant for years.

Firefighters burn house in training exercise

By Johanna S. Billings on April 23, 2016, at 7:20 p.m.
Firefighters from Machias, East Machias, Marshfield and Cutler participated in the training exercise.
Diane Kelly-Lokocz and her son, 4-year-old Rye, arrive at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Above average temperatures likely this spring, summer

By Jen Lynds on April 22, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
Following the warmest winter on record in the Caribou area, officials at the National Weather Service in Caribou said Friday that warmer than normal spring and summer temperatures likely are on tap for Maine as well.

Police issue arrest warrant for missing Maine teen

By Johanna S. Billings on April 21, 2016, at 4 p.m.
The 16-year-old boy allegedly attempted to break into an abandoned house the first night he was missing.
Personnel from the Maine Forest Service battle a wildfire in Lubec in this May 2015 file photo.

Rising temperatures, dry air raise potential for Maine wildfires

By Jen Lynds on April 20, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
The conditions are dry as a result of it having not rained in much of Maine for “eight or nine days,” Todd Foisy said.

Ex-tribal employee gets 1 year probation after paying restitution

By Judy Harrison on April 19, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
The former environmental director for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to one year of probation for embezzling more than $25,000 over six years.
Up in the bucket, Kevin Ackley and Damien Walston scrape old paint off the front of the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias Tuesday. Their work is part of  a $150,000 "face-lift campaign" the church began in November 2015.

Campaign invests in Centre Street Congregational Church

By Johanna S. Billings on April 19, 2016, at 3:51 p.m.
The Centre Street Congregational Church is in the midst of getting a facelift.
An office building on Stackpole Road owned by the town can be seen Friday in Machias. At their April 13 meeting, the selectmen decided to keep the building as long as it turns a profit.

Machias to keep office building as long as it’s profitable

By Johanna S. Billings on April 18, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
“I think [the building] will more than pay for itself.”
Route 1 in Machias will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, so that firefighters can burn down the dilapidated white building shown here on left. The burn will be part of a training exercise and traffic will be detoured through town.

Route 1 will close Saturday as Machias firefighters torch house

By Johanna S. Billings on April 18, 2016, at 2:15 p.m.
Route 1 will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday as Machias firefighters torch a dilapidated house.

Police called to Calais residence

By Dawn Gagnon on April 17, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
It was reported that the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency also was on its way.
State Sen. David Burns with Cub Scout Troop 139, Boy Scout Troop 139, and Venture Scout Troop 139.

Sen. David Burns welcomes local Boy Scouts to State House

on April 14, 2016, at 10:01 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — On March 30, 2016, Maine Sen. David Burns welcomed members of Cub Scout Troop 139, Boy Scout Troop 139, and Venture Scout Troop 139 to the State House on March 30. All of the Scout troops are sponsored by the Cherryfield Congregational Church. Pictured, but not in order, are: Thomas Ray-Smith, …
Felix Gracia

Three arrested on heroin charges after Perry drug bust

By Johanna S. Billings on April 13, 2016, at 2:35 p.m.
Three people were charged with heroin-related offenses Wednesday after the seizure of a significant amount of heroin Tuesday night in Perry.
Assistant District Attorney Ethan Plaut directs a class from Calais Elementary School during jury deliberations after watching another class perform a mock criminal trial at the Washington County Courthouse in Machias on Friday. The jury ended up hung, with a 19-2 not-guilty vote, after about 30 minutes of deliberation.

12 angry kids: Did these Down East jurors clear or convict their classmate?

By Johanna S. Billings on April 12, 2016, at 10:58 p.m.
A group of fourth-graders from Calais Elementary School visited the Washington County Courthouse.
Laura Lyons

Bangor woman pleads guilty to using home to store, sell heroin

By Dawn Gagnon on April 12, 2016, at 6:48 p.m.
A Bangor woman pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises during a hearing on Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Laura Lyons, 30, was among five people arrested in September 2015 in connection with a heroin trafficking operation at the home on Essex Street she shared with her …
A car is almost completely submerged in 48 degree water in Fox Pond.

Woman rescued from pond with children gets charged

By Johanna S. Billings on April 11, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
A woman who was rescued with her two young children from Fox Pond in Hancock County Saturday has been charged with operating a motor vehicle after suspension of her license.