Down East

Donnie Smith seen May 29, 2013.

Theft charges dropped against Donnie Smith for lack of evidence

By Judy Harrison on June 27, 2016, at 11:19 a.m.
Smith still faces misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and driving to endanger in connection with a Jan. 6, 2015, incident in Lubec with a woman he had previously accused of assaulting him.
Colleen S. Morton (left) and Meg Keay relax on Adirondack chairs behind Helen's Restaurant in Machias following a business meeting Friday. The two co-founded Fundy-Acadia Regional Adventures in order to promote tourism in the area.

New venture hopes to boost tourism Down East

By Johanna S. Billings on June 25, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
Two Eastport women are leading a new business venture designed to promote restaurants, gift shops and other attractions for tourists visiting places from Stonington to St. John, New Brunswick.
Timothy Mclain

Steuben man charged with assault

By Johanna S. Billings on June 24, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
A Steuben man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly attacking another man with a “blackjack” type weapon.
Orono Superintendent Joanne Harriman (center) announced Wednesday that she is leaving her post. She is pictured at Tuesday's school board meeting with Orono Middle School principal Jeff Paul, left, and school board members Mark Brewer, Jacob Eckert, Chairman Brian McGill and Leo Kenney. Board member Michelle Michelle was at the meeting but is not pictured.

Orono superintendent leaving for Steuben principal job nearer to home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 24, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
Superintendent Joanne Harriman announced Wednesday that she is leaving her post of three years for one that is closer to her coastal home.
Cyclists travel along the road on the Blue Hill Peninsula. BikeMaine is coming to the Bold Coast in September and community groups hope it can jumpstart bicycle tourism in the region.

Bold Coast sees chance to make region bicycle tourism destination

By Johanna S. Billings on June 23, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
Bicycling could mean business for the coastal Down East.
Maine Focus
Even as the economy has begun to recover, statewide poverty rates haven’t improved.

How Maine redirected millions meant to help poor families with kids

By Matthew Stone on June 23, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
Documents obtained by the BDN show the state has spent at least $7.8 million in federal welfare funds in ways that run afoul of the law.
A "No Trespassing" sign can be seen on Wednesday near Kimball Hall at the University of Maine at Machias in Machias. Kimball Hall will be torn down.

Unsafe UMaine Machias building to be torn down over next few weeks

By Johanna S. Billings on June 22, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
Crews are working this week to get the Kimball Hall site on the University of Maine at Machias campus ready for demolition.

A Downeast Father’s Day reflection

on June 22, 2016, at 7:21 a.m.
We all try to emulate our parents in one way or another. Whether it is with subtle elements of our personalities, or attempting to follow one of them in their footsteps, such as an occupation. We strive to succeed by following their examples and guidance in pursuit of a better …
Three Downeast EMS ambulances can be seen in Baileyville in this undated photo. Downeast EMS is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

‘There’s a lot of positives’: Downeast EMS celebrating 15th anniversary

By Johanna S. Billings on June 21, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
Downeast EMS is celebrating its 15th anniversary — and the fact that it has overcome a number of financial problems.
Robert Morris, a resident of the Maine Veterans Home in Machias, prepares to fly to Boston for a Red Sox game on Thursday in Machias.

This bank treated a Maine veteran with private flight to Red Sox game

By Johanna S. Billings on June 17, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
“The bank certainly went above and beyond in this case.”


on June 17, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
  Calais Regional Hospital To Dakota Close and Brent Delnicki, Baileyville, a son, Carter William Delnicki, on Feb. 2, 2016. To Justine and Patrick Means, Pembroke, a daughter, Natalie Grace Means, on Feb. 14, 2016. To Jamie and William Delnicki, Baileyville, a son, Alexander William Delnicki, on Feb. 18, 2016. …
Machas resident Vince Roberts makes his case for removing fluoride from the town drinking water during the annual town meeting June 15 in Machias.

Machias voters approve keeping fluoride in the water

By Johanna S. Billings on June 16, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
Machias voters Wednesday night elected to continue adding fluoride to the water for the intended purpose of fighting tooth decay.

Applicants, donors sought for program that awards grants to seniors in need

By Johanna S. Billings on June 15, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
Mini-grants can be used for expenses such as glasses, dentures, insurance deductibles and equipment such as wheelchairs and wheelchair ramps.
Mike Roukas (left) of East Machias and Jim Sparaga of Marshfield work to dig out parts of the airport runway lights that need to be replaced. They were part of a volunteer crew working Saturday.

Machias airport improvements prompt chamber to honor volunteers

By Johanna S. Billings on June 14, 2016, at 2:32 p.m.
Renewed interest in and improvements at the airport prompted the area chamber of commerce to recognize members of the Machias Valley Airport Committee as volunteers of the year.

Cherryfield church to hold breakfast

on June 14, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 2016 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Location: Cherryfield Congregational Church fellowship hall, 12 River Road, Cherryfield, Maine CHERRYFIELD, Maine — Cherryfield Congregational Church will hold a breakfast 7-9 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at the church’s fellowship hall, 12 River Road. The menu will include sausage, scrambled eggs and …
Children work on a project at Lubec Community Outreach Center, one of 20 organizations to receive a grant from the Washington County Fund in 2016.

Washington County Fund celebrates 30 years of giving

By Johanna S. Billings on June 13, 2016, at 4 p.m.
The Washington County Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations in the region, is celebrating 30 years.

History, food and community is what a Downeast bean supper is all about

on June 13, 2016, at 2:07 p.m.
Everyone likes a good meal and an opportunity for great conversation. Here in Downeast, Maine and pretty much across the state, it is easy to get both at the same time. You may even find yourself impacting a community by funding a cause, or supporting a family in need. The …
Randy Beal enjoys the Bangor Pride Festival at Pickering Square in Bangor, June 28, 2014. The festival allowed the city to honor and celebrate its gay and lesbian community. On Monday, several vigils are scheduled to honor the memory of the victims of Sunday's mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Vigils to be held across Maine for victims of Orlando shooting

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 13, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
Numerous vigils are scheduled throughout the state Monday in memory of victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend.

Summertime, Aisle 1

on June 12, 2016, at 8:42 p.m.
I originally planned a detailed and thoughtful first post, but life has become beyond crazy. In an attempt to ease out of an unfortunate writing slump I thought I’d try a cathartic blog post. Bear with me, folks. The last week of school has finally arrived. Thoughts of finals, goodbyes, and …
A barrel as seen Jan. 19, 2016, at the Machias Water Co. is labeled "sodium fluoride."

Machias voters to decide whether to continue water fluoridation

By Johanna S. Billings on June 12, 2016, at 7:44 a.m.
The issue came up in January when resident Vince Roberts complained that adding fluoride to the water is dangerous.