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Fireworks Ruled Cause of Blaze That Destroyed Mattawamkeag Home

The State Fire Marshal’s office says errant fireworks are the cause of a fire in Mattawamkeag that destroyed a single-story home and an attached garage. Mattawamkeag Fire and Rescue was called to the blaze Sunday evening on the Medway Road along the Penobscot River. When crews arrived, the two-story garage had already been leveled to the ground and the flames had spread to the other end of the home.
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School teachers’ pay pending school budget approval in Millinocket

MILLINOCKET — Millinocket teachers were notified earlier this week that the town treasurer was not authorized to sign off on payroll checks due to repeated discrepancies within the school budget. Several school teachers took to social media to express their frustration after being told no pay checks would be...
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Mattawamkeag house destroyed by fire; fireworks ruled as cause

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine (WABI) - The fire marshal’s office says fireworks are to blame for a fire in Mattawamkeag Sunday night that destroyed a home and attached garage. They say the residents were shooting fireworks off the garage roof which started the fire that spread to the home. According to...

The Wind and the Warblers: recollections from the 100 mile wilderness

First and foremost; yes I am fine. I am totally safe, haven’t seen a bear, and currently my only injuries are mosquito bites. The past 9 days I have spent hiking through Maine’s 100 mile wilderness – the most isolated part of the Appalachian Trail. The 100 mile wilderness begins south of Katahdin and ends at US route 15. From here, hikers can catch a ride into Monson, a famous trail town (and where I am currently resting tired ankles and eating as much fresh food as I can find before I head out on trail again tomorrow).

Where it all begins: Katadhin

The journey began at 3:30am on a Friday morning. My lovely fiancé, two amazing friends, and myself got into my car and began our drive to Maine. We spent nearly 12 hours driving before we reached the small town of Millinocket. I dropped off some food to a local who provides resupplies in the 100 mile wilderness. We then drove the last short leg of the journey to Baxter State Park where we had reserved a campsite for two nights.

Fishing tourney on tap in Island Falls

In over 60 years of fishing in Maine, a bunch of other states and half a dozen countries, until last summer I’d never been in a fishing tournament. It was all the fun of a regular outing plus the excitement and challenge of perhaps boating a fish that might qualify for a prize. To top it all off, after the weigh-in all the competitors were treated to a huge fresh fish fry and a wide variety of delicious dishes.

Decisions, decisions.

It may not be the start we anticipated but we think good decisions have been made to set us up for a successful AT thru hike. As mentioned in our earlier post, we changed the plan due to weather and ended up starting our AT thru-hike Sunday by summiting Katahdin. We had already booked a room at a nearby Inn for Sunday night and part of the Saturday scramble was to figure out where we would stay the night. It was too late to cancel Sunday night and get a refund but the Inn was able to shift the date to Monday.