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Marc Sparks, 29, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and other charges during an arraignment hearing Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Also shown is his attorney, Arrian Stockdell.

Bucksport man pleads not guilty to charges stemming from fatal Orrington hit-and-run crash

By Dawn Gagnon and Judy Harrison on Feb. 27, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
BANGOR | A Bucksport man accused of being under the influence of methadone while driving a vehicle that struck a sports utility vehicle driven by a Br ewer woman who later died of crash-related injuries pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and other charges Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. …
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Free tax assistance at H.O.M.E. in Orland

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 3:57 p.m.
ORLAND, Maine — Tax appointments with free E-Filing are available Thursdays, March-April 9, at H.O.M.E. Learning Center, 90 Schoolhouse Road off U.S. Highway 1. For a tax appointment, call 469-7961. This free service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation in conjunction with the Eastern Maine CA$H Coalition and the IRS, is available …
Firefighters from multiple towns battled a blaze on Friday at a residence in Dedham.

Dedham residence heavily damaged by fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 27, 2015, at 2:58 p.m.
A home on Mill Road was heavily damaged by fire Friday afternoon. The blaze at 124 Mill Road, a two-story residence about a half-mile from Route 46, was reported shortly after noon. Dedham Fire Chief Craig Shane said the blaze was contained to the interior of the …
Fire departments from multiple towns were at the scene of a house fire on Mill Road Friday afternoon.

Firefighters battle blaze in Dedham

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 27, 2015, at 12:51 p.m.
Fire departments from multiple towns remain at a Mill Road home after a fire Friday afternoon. The blaze at the raised ranch dwelling at 124 Mill Road was reported shortly after noon. It appeared to be under control as of 1:20 p.m., with no flames and little …
Lobster lay in a crate at the Stonington Lobster Co-op dock in this August 2014 file photo.

Price surge pushes Maine lobster catch value to all-time high

By Bill Trotter and Darren Fishell on Feb. 27, 2015, at 11:50 a.m.
Maine’s lobster catch brought in an estimated $456.9 million to fishermen in 2014, an all-time high that was driven by the largest one-year increase in price per pound in more than 50 years. The Department of Marine Resources this week released preliminary catch figures, showing average prices paid to fishermen …
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Franklin Street church to hold breakfast buffet

on Feb. 26, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Location: Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 71 Franklin St., Bucksport, Maine For more information: 207-469-3622 BUCKSPORT, Maine — The Franklin Street United Methodist Church, at 71 Franklin St., will host a breakfast buffet 6:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14. This all-you-care-to-eat meal features several entrees, …
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Film ‘The Square’ at Blue Hill Library

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 26, 2015, at 10:08 a.m.
BLUE HILL — Peninsula Peace & Justice will screen the documentary “The Square” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Blue Hill Library. This Oscar-nominated film shows how a huge assembly of volunteer citizens  in Egypt’s Tahrir Square toppled three successive governments between 2011 and 2013. In cinema verite fashion, viewers see young artists …
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Free community supper at North Sedgwick Baptist Church

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 26, 2015, at 9:26 a.m.
SEDGWICK, Maine — North Sedgwick Baptist Church will host a free community supper at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the church vestry, Route 172 at the corner of Sedgwick Ridge Road. A prepared entree will be available; in addition, those attending are invited to bring a main dish, salad or dessert if …
Emergency crews work Wednesday afternoon to clean up the aftermath of an accident on Route 3 that snarled traffic headed to or leaving Mount Desert Island.

Two injured in crash that closed only road to, from MDI

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 25, 2015, at 9:15 p.m.
TRENTON | Two people were injured in a head-on crash Wednesday afternoon that temporarily shut down the only road that leads to Mount Desert Island, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The collision happened about 1:45 p.m. on Bar Harbor Road, also known as Route 3, just before …
A man walks around a bank of plowed snow on Feb. 16 in Eastport. More snow hit Maine on Wednesday with the Down East getting a foot of snow.

Down East slammed with another foot of snow Wednesday

By Kaylie Reese on Feb. 25, 2015, at 8:21 p.m.
Heavy snowfall Wednesday morning created hazardous driving conditions that contributed to a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 in Carmel, but the sun made an appearance in the afternoon while vehicles were being towed away. Wednesday’s storm hit Down East the hardest, burying the area with another foot of snow, according …
Carlisle McLean, pictured at the State House after her confirmation to the Maine Public Utilities Commission in January

Long-term wind deals in Hancock, Somerset counties will be reconsidered

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 25, 2015, at 3:42 p.m.
HALLOWELL | The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Wednesday to take a second look at the terms of two long-term wind purchasing deals the three-person commission approved in December. The makeup of the commission has changed since the December approval, with Carlisle McLean joining the panel in place of …
Emergency crews work Wednesday afternoon to clean up the aftermath of an accident on Route 3 that snarled traffic headed to or leaving Mount Desert Island.

Accident closed only road to, from MDI

By Abigail Curtis on Feb. 25, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
TRENTON | A serious motor vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Route 3 that injured and trapped at least one person caused authorities to shut down the only road that leads to Mount Desert Island, according to police. The road was closed because of a “serious personal injury crash with …
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Maine Sea Coast Mission's Sunbeam breaks ice in the harbor.

Sunbeam helps keep harbors passable

on Feb. 25, 2015, at 9:48 a.m.
NORTHEAST HARBOR, Maine — Last Thursday Feb. 19th the Maine Sea Coast Mission’s 74-foot Sunbeam V ventured into Somes Sound, breaking up the ice so lobsterman Richard Howland could take his boat Endeavor home from Abel’s Boatyard to Islesford. Sunbeam Capt. Mike Johnson said the ice started getting thick about …

Coastal counties hit hard by Wednesday snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 25, 2015, at 9 a.m.
GRAY | A snowstorm that created hazardous driving conditions throughout the state Wednesday morning and led to a pileup that shut down Interstate 95 in Etna was expected to subside by the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Much of Maine woke up to heavy snowfall and poor …
A thick coat of frost covers the yard and charred remains of Ted and Bonnie Turner's house as a firefighter stands at the ready on Monday in Swan's Island.

Fire destroys Swan’s Island house

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 24, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.
A fire Monday afternoon destroyed a house owned by a local couple, according to the island’s fire chief. The fire at Ted and Bonnie Turner’s house was reported by a neighbor driving by a few minutes after 1:30 p.m., Fire Chief Robert Gardner said Tuesday morning. …

Crews called back to Swan’s Island house fire

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 23, 2015, at 9:19 p.m.
Firefighters who spent most of Monday afternoon battling a house fire on Minturn Road were called back that night to deal with hotspots, a Hancock County Regional Communications Center dispatcher said. The fire was reported shortly after 1:35 p.m. and crews remained at the house until …
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The Maine winter of 2015 via Instagram

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 6:29 p.m.
In the two decades I’ve lived in Maine year round, I’ve never experienced a winter like this one. Snow, snow and more snow. The dug trenches in my front yard that connect the house to the driveway and street rise over my three year-old daughter’s head. My arms and back ache. …
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Fourth annual Hancock County food drive kicks off Feb. 28

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
The fourth annual Hancock County Food Drive kicks off Saturday, Feb. 28, and it comes at a very opportune time. More than 44 percent of Hancock County children qualified for reduced school lunches in 2014 but hunger doesn’t go away at the end of the school day. Those children often go to …
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A large snowman carved from a towering mound of plowed snow sits in the dooryard outside a home on Route 184. The giant, estimated to be about 15 feet high and 20 feet wide, was built over the weekend by the homeowner, his two sons and on of their friends, according to town officials.

Family builds 15-foot-tall snowman in Lamoine

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 23, 2015, at 2:20 p.m.
There are snowmen, and then there are snow giants. And given the amount of snow that has fallen in Maine in the past month, it seems inevitable that snow giants would appear this winter. One such behemoth materialized this weekend in the dooryard of a local man …

Fires burn apartment, mobile home in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 22, 2015, at 2:16 p.m.
TRENTON | A structure fire Saturday night on Route 3 destroyed a mobile home and claimed the lives of three pets, according to a local official. The were no human injuries from the fire, the cause of which has not yet been determined, Trenton Fire Chief Steve Corson said …
 
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