Motorcyclist dies after striking deer on Route 15

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 23, 2015, at 12:04 p.m.
GUILFORD | A Parkman man was killed Wednesday after his motorcycle struck a deer on Route 15, according to the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office. James Estes, 55, was traveling southbound when he struck the animal shortly before 12:30 p.m., according to Lt. James Kane. Kane said Estes had just …

May food distribution times at D-F Area Food Cupboard

on April 23, 2015, at 11:13 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard will be distributing food 2-7 p.m. Thursdays, May 14 and 28, at Dover Foxcroft Congregational Church, 824 West Main St. Please park in the two municipal parking areas beside and behind the church. If you have an emergency food request, contact your town’s …

Sixth annual ‘A Taste of Chocolate’ at Brownville church

on April 23, 2015, at 10:15 a.m.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Brownville Community Church, 84 Church St., Brownville, Maine For more information: 207-943-2839 BROWNVILLE, Maine — The sixth annual “A Taste of Chocolate” will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Brownville Community Church, 84 Church St. Visit the more …

Spring yard sale to benefit Safe Place Food Pantry

on April 23, 2015, at 8:35 a.m.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.Friday, May 15, 2015 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Safe Place Food Pantry, 328 Main St., Corinth, Maine For more information: 207-2997671 CORINTH, Maine — Safe Place Food Pantry in Corinth will hold its May Madness yard sale 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, …
Paul Lancisi is shown in his Dove Tail Bat storage room where hundreds of dowels will be turned into baseball bats.

Small Maine company making baseball bats for major leagues

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on April 22, 2015, at 6:13 p.m.
SHIRLEY | What do Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, Chicago White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino, Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana have in common? They are a few of the 25 Major League Baseball players who …

Family Contra Dance at Garland Grange Hall

on April 22, 2015, at 4:26 p.m.
Friday, May 8, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Garland Grange Hall, Oliver Hill Road, Garland, Maine For more information: 207-924-3925 GARLAND, Maine — Family Contra Dance will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Garland Grange Hall, Oliver Hill Road. There will be live music by the Reel …

All-you-can-eat ham supper at Garland Grange

on April 22, 2015, at 4:21 p.m.
Friday, May 8, 2015 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Garland Grange Hall, Oliver Hill Road, Garland, Maine For more information: 207-924-6954 GARLAND, Maine — An all-you-can-eat public ham supper will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Garland Grange Hall, Oliver Hill Road. The menu will include baked ham, …

Dexter police arrest 10 in drug bust

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2015, at 11:35 a.m.
Ten people are facing federal drug charges after their arrests Tuesday morning, according to Dexter Police Chief Kevin Wintle. Wintle said the investigation into the distribution of cocaine and oxycodone spanned a year and a half, with state police and federal authorities assisting Dexter police. Arrested were …
A still from a video shared by the Wells Police Department early Tuesday morning shows flooding at high tide.

Flood watches remain in effect as rain continues to fall

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2015, at 8:46 a.m.
GRAY | Pounding rain and howling winds greeted much of Maine Tuesday morning, and much of the state remained under a flood watch with wet weather expected to continue throughout the day. According to the National Weather Service, flood watches will be in effect for multiple counties through Wednesday …

Flood watches posted for much of Maine with heavy rain approaching

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 20, 2015, at 9:16 a.m.
GRAY | With rain in the forecast for much of the week, flooding potential is high, according to the National Weather Service. According to the weather service, a low-pressure system moving toward the Gulf of Maine could produce anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain Monday night and …
Chloe Hamele researched the relationship between music and memory for her Piscataquis Community Secondary School Science and Invention Fair.

Young scientists and inventors showcased at PCSS

on April 15, 2015, at 2:58 p.m.
GUILFORD | Have you ever wondered if listening to music helps you study better? Are those cheap reading glasses you keep on the coffee table hurting your eyes in the long run? Does a bullet travel faster in hot than cold water? Is there an easy way to improve …
Keenan Larry

Piscataquis high school student accused of ‘sexting’ with minor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 13, 2015, at 6:17 p.m.
GUILFORD | An 18-year-old student at Piscataquis Community High School accused of receiving and sharing pornographic images of an underage girl on his cellphone faces at least five years behind bars if convicted, according to District Attorney R. Christopher Almy. Keenan Larry of Abbot was arrested Monday and charged …
Lubec Selectman Dan Wagner shoveled a path to a friend's house in February.

Mainers weary of ‘brutal’ winter conditions, but end is in sight

By Julia Bayly on April 09, 2015, at 1:34 p.m.
FORT KENT | As parts of Maine woke to more fresh snow or freezing rain Thursday morning, residents took to social media to post photos of the latest round of nasty weather and lament the lingering winter conditions. “When will it end?” and “make it stop” seemed to be …
A city vehicle clears overnight snow in front of Hadlock Filed Thursday morning in Portland on the Sea Dog's baseball team's opening day.

Mixed bag of wintry weather still in store for Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 08, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
FORT KENT | It’s going to get a bit worse before it gets better, according to the National Weather Service. Two weather systems moving into the state starting Wednesday night were expected to bring everything from snow to the far north to rain in the south and low temperatures …
Pritham Avenue is one of the roads in Greenville targeted for improvements in coming years.

Greenville plans to spread $1 million in road improvements over 10 years

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on April 08, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.
Convincing residents in a town of less than 2,000 year-round inhabitants to support $1 million worth of road reconstruction is a difficult, if not impossible, task. But when you present it in small bites, it’s usually a lot more acceptable. Greenville Town Manager John Simko made such …
Robert and Alyson Ade of Milo with their five children.

School board member suggests closing Penquis Valley High School

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 07, 2015, at 9:09 p.m.
MILO | It’s not an idea that Robert Ade likes, but the SAD 41 board member thinks it is time to start considering closing Penquis Valley High School, he said Tuesday. A Class of 1991 Penquis Valley graduate, the 42-year-old has five children in the school system and owns …

Veterans services officer in Dover-Foxcroft, Lincoln, Newport

on April 06, 2015, at 3:02 p.m.
Don Dare, a veterans services officer from the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, will be available to assist veterans, widows and dependent children to apply for state and federal benefits. The schedule is: — 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 9, Penquis CAP building, 50 North St., Dover-Foxcroft. Closed …
The Maine flag flaps as a snow squall moves through downtown Bangor on Sunday morning.

Mainers face 2nd round of April snow

By Evan Belanger on April 05, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
BANGOR | Many mainers expecting warmer spring weather are likely to be disappointed — at least for today. The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Aroostook, Piscataquis and Penobscot counties as far south as Millinocket. According to Maureen Hasting, a forecaster with the …
By midday Saturday, nearly 5 inches of snow had fallen in northern Maine. Residents around the area like BDN reporter Julia Bayly were faced with spending at least part of the Easter weekend clearing their driveways.

Snowfall accumulating in northern Maine

By Evan Belanger on April 04, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
CARIBOU | The National Weather Service in Caribou has upgraded its winter weather advisory for portions of Aroostook and northern Penobscot counties to a winter storm warning. A forecaster reported early Saturday afternoon that about 3 to 4 inches of snow had accumulated north of a line between Millinocket …
A pedestrian walks down Larkin Street in Bangor as another snowstorm hits the region on Feb. 2.

Snow, sleet, rain in forecast leading up to Easter Sunday

By Julia Bayly on April 03, 2015, at 3:34 p.m.
FORT KENT | The good news is the winter weather advisories and hazardous weather outlooks covering Maine will expire before any Easter egg hunts Sunday morning. The bad news is in some parts of the state people may have to dig through up to 8 inches of snow to …
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