Down East

Left: Lines of potato barrels, families and old cars in the fields were commons sights back in the middle of the 20th Century. Fort Kent photographer Velma Daigle captured it all with her camera on 35mm color slides. The photo is courtesy of the Fort Kent Historical Society. Right, Terry Theriault exits his delimber while working off the Golden Road in this July 2015 file photo by Ashley L. Conti.

How did your small Maine town shape you?

By Erin Rhoda on Nov. 01, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
We’d like to hear from you about your experience growing up in small-town Franklin, Somerset, Piscataquis, upper Penobscot, Aroostook, Washington or Hancock counties. How did your hometown shape who you are today, and what has changed in your hometown throughout the years?

Am I thrifty or a crazy hoarder? Confessions of a dump picker

on Oct. 29, 2016, at 7:03 a.m.

Am I thrifty or a crazy hoarder? Confessions of a dump picker

on Oct. 29, 2016, at 7:03 a.m.

Nine neglected horses on the mend in Windham

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 28, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
“Soon, all nine horses will complete their courses of rehabilitation and be available for adoption.”
University of Maine at Machias student Desiree Cettina releases salmon parr into Beaver Dam Stream, a tributary of the East Machias River, in Crawford on Tuesday.

200,000 salmon being released into Down East river

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 27, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
“The whole goal is to have these fish migrate out into the ocean and come back [in a couple of years] as big adult salmon to spawn and repopulate the rivers on their own.”
Michael Lund of Machias is shown last month waiting for his civil trial to begin at the Penobscot Judicial Center. On Wednesday, Lund was awarded nearly $730,000 in damages due to heat stroke that he suffered while burning a blueberry field in 2012.

Judge awards blueberry worker nearly $730,000 in heat stroke collapse

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 27, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
A judge on Wednesday awarded a Machias man nearly $730,000 in damages for lasting injuries he suffered when he collapsed more than four years ago during the burning of a blueberry field.

Washington County Jail inmate’s death ruled suicide

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 26, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The state medical examiner’s office has determined that a Washington County Jail inmate died from injuries suffered when he jumped from a stairwell on Oct. 21.

Washington County Jail inmate dies

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 25, 2016, at 1:31 p.m.
The state medical examiner’s office is expected to determine the cause of Roy’s death.

CDRC’s Scarecrow Fest Oct. 29

on Oct. 24, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
Fail Better Farm owner Clayton Carter said recently that the yield of several vegetables was significantly lower due to the drought in Maine.

Weather Service: Current rain won’t cure Maine drought conditions

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 21, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
Two people have been charged with felony drug trafficking following a drug bust on Lubec on Oct. 12. According to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, police seized heroin and cocaine with a total estimated street value of $15,000 and nearly $5,000 in cash believed to used to buy drugs during the bust.

Two charged with trafficking in Down East drug bust

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 18, 2016, at 8:23 a.m.
The street value of the seized drugs is estimated to be $15,000, police said.
The State House shines through the the fog on June 16, 2015.

LePage promised transparency, but multimillion-dollar contract awards remain in the shadows

By Danielle McLean on Oct. 18, 2016, at 6:04 a.m.
It is nearly impossible for Maine residents to know how much state money is being spent on contracted services, which private businesses and nonprofit organizations receive large state contracts, and why those vendors won the work — even though a new state law requires information about competitive contracts to be made public online.
Washington Academy students drag totes containing pots of clams off the flats to take back to the University of Maine at Machias to study the clams’ growth.

Portion of Down East coast reopened to shellfish harvesting

By A.J. Higgins, Maine Public on Oct. 16, 2016, at 10:15 a.m.
These areas were reopened after levels of a toxin that can causes amnesic shellfish poisoning were determined to have declined.
On Nov. 8, voters in the 2nd Congressional District could be motivated to turnout at a higher rate because of a controversial ballot question that would expand background checks to include all private gun sales and transfers. That could be a deciding factor in whether the 2nd District goes red.

In fight over 2nd District, opposition to Question 3 could boost Republicans

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 16, 2016, at 7:36 a.m.
Numerous voters in the district say defeating Question 3 will motivate how they approach other contests on the November ballot.

Man who destroyed gate at Navy facility seeking fishing hole gets time served

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 14, 2016, at 5:41 p.m.
Richard Hughes pleaded guilty to destroying government property by driving through a closed gate at the Cutler Naval Support Activity installation.

DECH Auxiliary’s 45th annual holiday fair at Machias

on Oct. 14, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.

‘Murder and Mayhem in Washington County’ topic of History Symposium at Machias

on Oct. 13, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.

Officials, legislators oppose closure of DHHS office in Calais

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 12, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
City officials and state legislators remain hopeful that the agency will reconsider its decision.

Emera, CMP restore power to wind-ravaged coastal, eastern Maine

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 10, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.
High winds and heavy gusts knocked out power to more than 7,300 people in Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties on Monday.

Roast turkey supper at Cherryfield church

on Oct. 06, 2016, at 8:32 a.m.