• DVD Review: The Fault in Our Stars

    DVD Review: The Fault in Our Stars

    Get out your hankies. This is “Love Story” with not one but two adorable young people dying of cancer. It’s good for a cry, provided you feel like crying. If you don’t, it’s drippy. Though manipulative to the max, the movie gets a lot of street cred from the fine acting of Shailene Woodley and

  • Presidential appointee Clement Silvestro dies at 90

    Presidential appointee Clement Silvestro dies at 90

    ELLSWORTH — Clement M. Silvestro, 90, of Hancock, former chairman of the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, a presidential appointment, died Monday, Oct. 20, according to an obituary received from the Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home. Silvestro also was a director and advisor to many of the country’s premier history institutions, helping to educate and interest the

  • Candy conjures strange dreams in picture book

    Candy conjures strange dreams in picture book

    PENOBSCOT — Dave Weigel said the text of his recently published first book — “Castine Halloween” — came to him in a daydream three years ago on Halloween afternoon. “These verses started coming to me one at a time,” he said. The children’s book is a fun, quirky, rhyming poem of 164 words that tells

  • Pazdro-Ashcroft

    Pazdro-Ashcroft

    Russ and Suzie Pazdro of Corinth, Vt., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Olesia Pazdro, to Stephen Ashcroft. Stephen is the son of Marilyn Ashcroft and Robert Croul of Blue Hill and Newburgh. Olesia is a 2006 graduate of Spaulding High School in Barre, Vt., and a 2010 graduate of the University

  • Santa Run will have a new beneficiary

    Santa Run will have a new beneficiary

    ELLSWORTH — For the past two years, more than 100 runners have donned Santa hats, reindeer antlers and other Christmas attire on the first Sunday of December in support of a cause — the Ellsworth High School graduating class of 2014. The EHS students traditionally fundraise to finance projects such as prom and graduation. But

  • Offshore aquaculture: Is it coming to Maine?

    Offshore aquaculture: Is it coming to Maine?

    ELLSWORTH — In a first for the East Coast, a shellfish farm located in federal waters, outside the three-mile limit of state-controlled waters, is expected to begin operation in Nantucket Sound sometime next year. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had approved a

  • Winter Harbor awards latest Boston Post Cane

    Winter Harbor awards latest Boston Post Cane

    WINTER HARBOR — The newest recipient of the town’s Boston Post Cane, Alfreda Bacon, also is Winter Harbor’s last living telephone operator. The dates are fuzzy, but Bacon recalls working in a room at the back of what was then the Grover house at the corner of Main Street and Harbor Road. “I worked for

  • Next Step gets help for legal services program

    Next Step gets help for legal services program

    ELLSWORTH — Providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence is a key part of what The Next Step Domestic Violence Project does. That can range from assisting women in obtaining protection from abuse orders or helping them understand the requirements of obtaining child custody, as well as providing paralegal services and other supports. “For

  • Maine’s hunting heritage

    Whether Maine should ban baiting, hounding and leg-hold traps in the hunting of bear will come before voters, for the second time in a decade, in Question 1 of the Nov. 4 general election ballot.  In 2004, the same proposal was defeated — after emotional campaigns conducted by both proponents and opponents — in a