Deborah McDermott,

Deborah McDermott

York, ME, United States

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Past articles by Deborah:

York looks for ways to crack down on drinking at beaches

Coastal communities throughout the country and in the Seacoast each summer grapple with the perennial problem of people drinking on the beach – a violation of state and local alcohol and open container laws and a safety concern as the ocean can pose additional dangers for inebriated bathers. The town of York, Maine, with its four beaches, is the most recent to shine a spotlight on this issue,… → Read More

York Village redesign back on track — here's what to expect

YORK — After a hiatus of several years, the York Village redesign project is back on the front burner again, with plans to go out to bid during the winter for a fall 2020 start date. Several factors, however, might push back the date. The Maine Department of Transportation has given preliminary design approval to Phase 1 of the project, which involves creating a T intersection at Long Sands Road… → Read More

York residents discuss civility amid vitriol of social media

YORK, Maine — If the way to overcome incivility is to engage in honest dialogue, as Methodist minister Rev. Effie McAvoy and others suggested at a “community conversation on civility” Thursday, an exchange that night involving a black woman, the mother of a black child and the son of a slain state trooper appeared to get to the heart of that concept.McAvoy, of the York-Ogunquit United Methodist… → Read More

FBI agents swarm Mill Lane in York

YORK — More than 50 FBI Evidence Response Team agents swarmed Mill Lane Tuesday morning, conducting “law enforcement activity in connection with an ongoing federal investigation,” said FBI spokesperson Kristen Setera.The agents were staged at a barn just off the rural road in western York, marked off by police tape. An agent on the scene said they were conducting a search, but did not provide… → Read More

Deal close on Long Sands Beach's disputed seawall

YORK — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recently sent the town a draft monitoring plan for the stepped seawall at Long Sands → Read More

Hail storm rips through York, hits Seacoast

YORK, Maine — A fast-moving storm with high winds and hail ripped through York Wednesday afternoon, causing widespread power outages and trees down. → Read More

Fire damages First Hill Gardens in York

CAPE NEDDICK, Maine — Jason Miller stood on the sidelines Friday morning as firefighters worked to contain a kitchen wall fire at First Hill Gardens, the former Arrows restaurant he bought just months ago.“It’s just a building. I’ve been through this before, I’ll probably be there again,” he said with a wry smile. “The important thing is no one was hurt.”Firefighters from York Beach, Ogunquit… → Read More

Oh, deer! Abandoned fawn rescued at Nubble Light, popular Maine tourist spot

YORK, Maine — It was quite a weekend at the Nubble, after a pregnant doe swam out to the island on Friday, birthed a fawn while there, then swam → Read More

York Hospital president: Rehab facility can move forward

YORK — Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew has essentially approved the Certificate of Need for the acute rehabilitation center at York Hospital, President Jud Knox said Tuesday.Knox said Lambrew agreed with her staff that the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland did not meet the criteria in order for her to overturn the CON approved by her predecessor, acting… → Read More

Woman faces drunken driving charge after York accident

YORK, Maine — A Wells woman faces a drunken driving charge following a three-car, chain-reaction accident on Route 1 just north of Old Post Road → Read More

Kittery and York headed toward border fight?

YORK, Maine — The border between Kittery and York will be back before the York Board of Selectmen Monday night. At least two selectmen say they → Read More

New head of Berwick Academy 'the real deal'

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Just this past Christmas, James Hamilton received a special present from his father. The new head of school at Berwick Academy said his dad was very excited to give it to him. “He prefaced it by saying, ‘This is going to make you cry.’ He was right. It made me cry.”In a gift that hearkens to Hamilton’s past while speaking very much to his present, his father gave him his… → Read More

Death with Dignity measures move forward in Maine

YORK, Maine — State Rep. Patricia Hymanson said it can take a while for people to come to grips with the concept of physician-assisted dying for terminally ill patients. It’s wrapped in all sorts of individual layers, as each person brings his or her own life experiences to the discussion. But she sees many signs that the citizens of Maine are likely ready now to embrace a “death with dignity”… → Read More

Mary Andrews named York Citizen of the Year

YORK, Maine – “This place is home to me,” said former selectman and longtime volunteer Mary Andrews of York. “It has become a part of me. It’s very special and I’m proud to be a part of the town.”This “special” town returned the favor Wednesday night, when Andrews was named the 2018 Citizen of the Year by the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony at Stage Neck Inn.It is an honor… → Read More

York salutes veterans: 'Never enough done'

YORK BEACH, Maine — For Megan and John Milburn, a young couple with little children, Veterans Day is more than a day on the calendar. John had been a → Read More

No clear leader in Maine governor's race

With 10 days to go before the election for Maine’s next governor, the race is going down to the wire with no clear leader in a field of four that includes a Democrat, a Republican and two independents.And it’s a race that has been largely marked by decorum and lack of controversy – a significant difference from the past two election cycles when the more bombastic Gov. Paul LePage ran for… → Read More

York man sentenced in strangulation case

YORK, Maine — A local man was sentenced in York County Superior Court recently to 4½ years in prison after pleading guilty to numerous charges resulting from a domestic violence incident on Saltwater Drive in January 2017.Robert Parsons of 28 Saltwater Drive, York, was sentenced on a charge that he strangled his victim, who was known to him, at his residence on Jan. 11, 2017. Judge Michael… → Read More

Harbor seal rescued on Long Sands Beach

YORK BEACH — A harbor seal weanling is recovering from illness at the Marine Mammals of Maine facility in Harpswell, after it was rescued on Long Sands Beach last Friday afternoon – but not before causing quite a stir.Police and lifeguards kept curious beachgoers away from the pup until trained volunteers arrived to assess the seal’s condition. It was subsequently found to have respiratory and… → Read More

Wabi Cafe in York offers 'modern Zen cuisine'

YORK — Michael Fennelly has started his own restaurants in New Orleans and San Francisco, and has been head chef in Santa Fe, Hawaii and Provincetown, → Read More

9-year-old stung by jellyfish at Long Sands Beach

YORK BEACH — Nine-year-old Kaliah Ritz was in the ocean off of Long Sands Beach one day last week, boogie boarding with her dad and her cousin “when I felt something squishy between my legs. Then my legs went numb.“We saw a jellyfish in the water before I got stung,” she said, “but it was just a big blob. We thought it was dead.”Fortunately, her dad was right with her, said mom Denise Raucci.… → Read More