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Machias town manager resigns, gets $30,000 severance

By Johanna S. Billings on May 27, 2015, at 8:31 p.m.
Town Manager Chris Loughlin resigned at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Wednesday night. The board accepted the resignation, effective June 5, unanimously and without comment. Selectmen also unanimously approved a severance package that includes $30,000 to be paid in weekly installments, health insurance coverage through the …
This vehicle rolled over twice before coming to rest on its roof on Tuesday in Calais.

Calais road closed after vehicle rolls over twice

By Johanna S. Billings on May 26, 2015, at 2:50 p.m.
Charlotte Road was closed briefly Tuesday morning after a single-vehicle crash. At about 10:30 a.m., the vehicle rolled over twice before coming to rest on its roof, according to a news release from Calais police. The driver, Tasha Jarrett, 24, of Dennysville, who was wearing a seat …
David Wells from SPCA of Hancock County sits with Meeka in the back of a Subaru Forester from Stanley Subaru

SPCA of Hancock County adoption event at Stanley Subaru

By Jeanne Dennison on May 26, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
ELLSWORTH – Stanley Subaru has announced they will host SPCA of Hancock County for an animal adoption event Saturday, June 13 from 11 AM to 3 PM. Stanley Subaru is proud to feature the “Take an adventure. Take a friend.” Adoption Event at 22 Bar Harbor Road on June 13th. …

“What’s For Suppa” Food Pantry

By Faith Colburn on May 26, 2015, at 9:43 a.m.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: 1675 Mariaville Road (Rt. 181), Mariavile, Maine For more information: 207-537-3412 There will be a potluck supper at the Mariaville Grange Hall in Mariaville on May 30 at 5:30 PM. Bring a dish and bring a friend. Donations to benefit …

Nurse defends decision to discharge patient found dead in snowstorm

By Johanna S. Billings on May 21, 2015, at 5:56 p.m.
MACHIAS | For the first time, a former nurse at Down East Community Hospital took the stand Thursday to defend his actions after a patient he discharged against medical advice was found dead outside the hospital in a snowstorm on Jan. 1, 2008. Nurse John Zablotny testified Thursday he …
The Hannah Weston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are expected to close within two weeks on the former Machias dry cleaners building. They plan to knock it down, making the historic Burnham Tavern next door more visible.

Former Machias dry cleaners building sold

By Johanna S. Billings on May 20, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
A building that formerly housed a local dry cleaning business likely will be coming down. The Hannah Weston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution expect to close on the property May 26, DAR Regent Carol Sprague said May 18. The purchase price was not disclosed. …
Malcolm French and his wife, Barbara, leave federal court in Bangor on Jan. 14, 2014.

Judge denies pot farm defendant’s request to visit dying dad

By Judy Harrison on May 20, 2015, at 10:53 a.m.
BANGOR | A federal judge on Tuesday refused to release one of the men convicted in the Township 37 marijuana plantation operation so he could visit his dying father — 10 days after the father died. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock found that Malcolm French was a flight risk …
Machias Rotary Club member Paul Gaddis, left, introduces the speaker, Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis, at the May 19 meeting.

Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis asks residents to help prevent drug abuse, crime

By Johanna S. Billings on May 20, 2015, at 10:37 a.m.
MACHIAS | Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis said residents need to get involved if they want to solve the county’s drug problem. Speaking to the Machias Rotary Club May 19, Curtis provided an update of his first five months in office. While answering questions from the audience, the conversation …
Waitress Gianna Porter takes drinks to a table at Helen's Restaurant, which reopened, on Tuesday in Machias. The business had been destroyed by a fire in July 2014.

Helen’s reopens after being destroyed in 2014 fire

By Johanna S. Billings on May 19, 2015, at 2:28 p.m.
MACHIAS | Helen’s Restaurant owner Julie Barker is happy to be in a routine again. The Machias restaurant, which she co-owns with her husband, David, opened Tuesday for the first time since a fire leveled the previous establishment in July 2014. For the past 10 months, the couple has …

Nurse in snowstorm death outside hospital gets new hearing

By Johanna S. Billings on May 19, 2015, at 1:37 p.m.
MACHIAS | A nursing supervisor whose license was revoked for two years after a patient died in a snowstorm outside the local hospital is back in court this week. John Zablotny, who discharged Reid Emery from Down East Community Hospital during a January 2008 snowstorm, had his nursing license …

Gouldsboro to Observe Memorial Day

By Mark Sobczak on May 19, 2015, at 8:30 a.m.
Monday, May 25, 2015 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Gouldsboro Memorial Day Parade, 59 Main St., Prospect Harbor, ME For more information: 207-963-5589; The town of Gouldsboro will conduct its annual Memorial Day program at Prospect Harbor on Monday, 25 May. A parade, featuring a color guard and …
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UMaine System passes $518 million budget, prepares for structure, oversight changes

By Nick McCrea on May 18, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
BANGOR | University of Maine System trustees approved a nearly $518 million budget on Monday morning, but had to balance it by dipping into reserves to the tune of $7 million in spite of recent cuts across the system. The budget also holds in-state tuition steady for the fourth …
The Triple Trouble approaches the dock after its successful launch on May 15 in Eastport. It replaces the Double Trouble II, one of three boats destroyed when the Eastport breakwater collapsed in December 2014.

Boat launch marks milestone in Eastport breakwater recovery process

By Johanna S. Billings on May 18, 2015, at 2:37 p.m.
With the launch of the Triple Trouble last week, the community took a step toward overcoming the devastation caused by the Dec. 4, 2014, collapse of the Eastport breakwater. The 48-foot lobster boat took its maiden voyage to the Griffin family pier at Quoddy Bay Lobster in …
Firefighters David Keith (left) and Gary Mathews (right) hold the plaque designed to display the engraved ax presented to Chief Peter Sawyer for 50 years of service on Saturday in Milbridge.

Milbridge fire chief honored for 50 years of service

By Johanna S. Billings on May 16, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
Milbridge Volunteer Fire Department Chief Peter Sawyer was honored Saturday for 50 years of service as chief. The 76-year-old said he joined the fire company in 1960 and became chief in 1965. But he is not done yet. “This is not a retirement party,” said Assistant Chief …
The ranger station at St. Croix Island International Historic Site features indoor exhibits, books for sale, bathrooms and access to rangers who can provide information on the park's history and what it offers. The station opens for the season May 16.

St. Croix Island park offers views, historical perspective

By Johanna S. Billings on May 15, 2015, at 12 p.m.
CALAIS | Most people know about Acadia National Park and Maine’s portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, but the National Park Service actually manages a third site in Maine: St. Croix Island International Historic Site, located just south of Calais. “It is the only international historic site in …

East Side Cemetery Association in Addison to hold annual meeting

on May 15, 2015, at 11:22 a.m.
ADDISON, Maine — The East Side Cemetery of Addison will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at the office of Addison Lobster Trap, 420 Mooseneck Road in South Addison.   This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →

Maine forest rangers battle 4 wildfires across state

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 7:47 p.m.
BANGOR | Personnel from the Maine Forest Service spent Wednesday afternoon and evening battling four wildfires, rangers reported via social media. While a spokesman could not be reached Wednesday evening, the forest service said rangers dealt with a fire in Stetson that began about 3 p.m., followed shortly after …

Frost advisory issued for parts of interior Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 6:20 p.m.
BANGOR | In the wake of a stretch of relatively warm weather, the National Weather Service on Wednesday issued overnight frost advisories for parts of interior Maine. In effect from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday, a frost advisory issued by the weather service’s Caribou office applies to southern …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith listens to a question during his testimony in this Jan. 17, 2013, file photo.

Return to policing could be tall order for ex-sheriff Donnie Smith

By Johanna S. Billings on May 13, 2015, at 6:06 p.m.
MACHIAS | Former Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith, now under indictment on theft charges, would face a revocation hearing on his certification as a police officer if he attempts to again work in Maine law enforcement. Smith is no longer certified because he is not employed in law enforcement, …

Fire in Columbia Falls destroys camp building

By Johanna S. Billings on May 13, 2015, at 1:46 p.m.
A camp building was destroyed before firefighters arrived at a fire here Wednesday afternoon, according to a fire official. No one was injured in the fire off Ell Meadow Road on Wednesday afternoon, according to Dave Perham, chief of the Epping Volunteer Fire District, which covers …
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