Down East Dispatches


Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine


A group of patriotic motorcyclists drove the cremains of Pvt. Jewett Williams, who fought with the 20th Maine Infantry in the Civil War, from Oregon to Maine so he could be buried beside his parents in Aroostook County.


A Timneh African grey parrot named Paco flew away from his owner, a summer staffer at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Paco can say some words in English and Spanish and likes to imitate microwave beeps and smoke alarms. Sometimes, the distressed owner said, the bird sounds like R2-D2.


Residents who live west of Little Sebago Lake, separated from the rest of town by the water, want to secede and join neighboring Raymond. The secessionists, who dislike high property taxes and an upcoming revaluation, say they’ve always felt more connected to Raymond anyway.


Three men who intend to become Catholic priests walked a 108-mile pilgrimage from Lewiston to Bangor to promote the priesthood as a vocation, making sure to arrive at St. Matthew’s Church in Hampden in time for an evening mass.

Southwest Harbor

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer and helicopter crew plucked four fishermen from a life raft in the middle of the night after their boat started taking on water in rough seas 40 miles from shore.



Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin got to parade the Stanley Cup around his hometown. After scoring a goal in the Cup-clinching game, he became the first player from Maine to hoist the NHL’s iconic championship trophy.

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