• Castine faces water shortage

    Castine faces water shortage

    CASTINE — When local and state officials describe the reasons for the water shortage currently facing this town, the term “perfect storm” gets thrown around. Late summer is not just when the greatest number of visitors arrive and Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) students return for class, using more and more local water; it’s also one

  • In California, anything goes

    In California, anything goes

    We spent last week in Northern California visiting an older sister. During last year’s visit, the whole county was shaken by an earthquake. This year, the whole state was struggling with a drought and, not coincidentally, wildfires. But there was one unifying theme: wine. It’s everywhere. Coffee shops serve wine. You’re provided with a glass

  • Surry Garden Club meeting Sept. 9

    SURRY — The September meeting of the Surry Garden Club will feature a presentation by Dr. Lois Stack and Sherry Fletcher highlighting their recent garden tours in England. Their talk is titled “Ideas From Private Gardens of the English Cotswolds.” The presentation will not only feature pictures of a number of English gardens, but also

  • Schoodic Campground given to National Park Foundation

    Schoodic Campground given to National Park Foundation

    WINTER HARBOR — The owners of the new Schoodic Woods Campground on the Schoodic Peninsula have transferred their interest in the property to the National Park Foundation. The change in ownership occurred two weeks before the Sept. 2 ribbon-cutting at the 94-site campground. Schoodic Woods also includes 8.5 miles of bicycle trails and five additional

  • Hancock County Jail Log Aug. 24-30

    Hancock County Jail Log Aug. 24-30

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail from Aug. 24 to Aug. 30: Nicholas J. Sosa, 24, Bar Harbor, violating conditions of release. Javier A. Gomez, 34, Bar Harbor, violating conditions of release, OUI, refusing to sign summonses, driving to endanger, failure to stop for an officer. Nathan A. Burke, 34, Hancock,

  • Hancock County GOP meeting Sept. 10

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Republicans will meet at Ellsworth City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. Unable to attend last month due to a meeting with the Governor, Rep. Karl Ward (R-Dedham) will be speaking. Everyone is invited to attend and there is no charge for this event. Please bring a nonperishable

  • Bay School parents concerned about tower radiation

    Bay School parents concerned about tower radiation

    BLUE HILL — The Planning Board Monday approved a communications tower proposed for a South Street property despite concerns from community members about radiation. A condition of approval is that radiation testing be done on a schedule and at locations decided by the Blue Hill Selectmen, according to Planning Board Chairman Peter d’Entremont. The proposal

  • Farrand Society hosting lecture

    BAR HARBOR — The Beatrix Farrand Society will present a lecture titled “Welcome Bees to Your Garden!” on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the society’s Garland Farm. Lois Berg Stack, extension specialist in ornamental horticulture and professor of sustainable agriculture at the University of Maine in Orono, will be the speaker.

  • Blue Hill Fair preparations under way

    Blue Hill Fair preparations under way gallery

    BLUE HILL — Preparations are well under way for this year’s Blue Hill Fair. Gates open at 4 p.m. Thursday. Thursday is “dollar day” at the fair. Admission is $1 for adults. Rides also cost $1 per person per ride. Monday from 2 to 9 p.m. will feature the ride wristband special, unlimited rides with purchase of a

  • Former officer honored

    Former officer honored

    ELLSWORTH — Former Ellsworth Police Officer Tommy Jordan officially received his retirement badge from Police Chief Christopher Coleman at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon. The presentation occurred at an event honoring Officer Dan Owens, who retired after a decade of service in Ellsworth. Jordan, who retired years ago, served on the city force for a