• City tightens fireworks rules

    City tightens fireworks rules

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors approved a set of changes to Ellsworth’s fireworks ordinance Monday night that dramatically reduces when and where fireworks can be used. But rather than serving as the final chapter to months of discussion, meetings and public comment, that vote may instead be a stepping stone to even more discussion and council

  • Boys’ basketball roundup

    Boys’ basketball roundup

    BLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team won its first game of the season on Monday against Searsport. The Eagles outscored the Searsport Vikings 22-9 in the third period en route to a 68-53 win. GSA improved its record to 1-3. “For the first three games, we just couldn’t put it together,”

  • Child porn suspect waives indictment

    Child porn suspect waives indictment

    ELLSWORTH — A Bar Harbor man accused of possessing child pornography waived his right to have a grand jury consider his case during a court proceeding Monday in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court. Randal Babiuk, 46, was arrested Aug. 7 on a charge of possessing sexually explicit materials of minor under age of twelve, a

  • Ellsworth boys fall to Old Town 64-48

    ELLSWORTH — With last season’s Eastern Maine Class B semifinal loss to Old Town very much on their minds, the Ellsworth Eagles were hoping for a different outcome when they took the court Tuesday night against the Coyotes. But the defending and unbeaten state champions showed they are still a team to be reckoned with

  • Christmas Cantata at Bucksport church

    BUCKSPORT — The “Once Upon a Holy Night” Christmas Cantata will be presented at the Franklin Street United Methodist Church in Bucksport on Sunday, Dec. 21. The performance is part of a program running from 2 to 4 p.m. A children’s Christmas program also will be presented along with a Christmas carol sing-along. A love

  • Return of the cheese ball!

    Return of the cheese ball!

    When my family was younger, the holiday season inspired many days happily cooking away in the kitchen preparing gifts for teachers, swim coaches, debate teams and others. The house would be filled with the heavenly aromas of ginger and cinnamon; the kitchen warm and cozy. Together we would fashion dozens of cookies, trays of finger

  • Bears: Taking the Offensive

    Now that we have been successful for the second time in defeating the bear referendum, we can go about our business. Our opposition, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has gotten the message and will move on to more fertile soil. Right? Wrong on both counts. We cannot afford to let down our

  • Otho Francis Knowles Jr., MD

    Otho Francis Knowles Jr., MD

    LAMOINE — Otho Francis Knowles Jr., MD, passed away Dec. 13, 2014, at Mount Desert Hospital, Bar Harbor, following a stroke that hospitalized him and ended his active life at age 89. He was born May 8, 1925, at Battle Creek, Mich., of Maine parents, who were professional musicians studying, teaching and performing in Chicago,