• State approves demolition of Bucksport paper mill

    State approves demolition of Bucksport paper mill

    BUCKSPORT — State environmental regulators have approved the demolition of the local paper mill, bringing the gargantuan project one step closer to reality. The next step for AIM Development, the Canadian company that purchased the shuttered mill from Verso Paper Corp. in January, is to get the town’s approval for the demolition, which it estimates

  • Fire training in Franklin

    Fire training in Franklin

    Franklin firefighters Thursday night set fire to a vacant mobile home in town as a training exercise. Tina Smith of Fire Chicks Photography often documents the exercises to help firefighters determine whether they took the proper approach in putting out the fire.

  • Audubon talk on hawk migration set

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox will explain how to identify migrating hawks, falcons and other raptors in a talk sponsored by Downeast Audubon on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth. Hitchcox also will explain how weather and timing play important roles in a productive day of

  • Molester’s appeal sunk by court

    Molester’s appeal sunk by court

    PORTLAND — The state’s highest court has upheld a lower court decision that awarded $1.84 million in damages to a woman who claims a Cherryfield businessman who operates tour boat and ferry services on Mount Desert Island sexually assaulted her when she was a child. In a Sept. 3 decision, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

  • Bipartisan backroom budget bloviators beg rebuttal

    By Lawrence Lockman American author and humorist Mark Twain famously observed that no citizen’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session. Was he thinking of Maine? Twain grew up in Missouri after Maine was admitted to the Union in 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise. I have no idea

  • “They know not what they do”

    Dear Editor: I was distressed to read in the lead story in the Aug. 20 Ellsworth American that the Bucksport Town Council, by a split vote, had dismissed Town Manager Derik Goodine without cause. Derik became a friend over the years that we were together as colleagues at sessions of the Maine Town and City

  • A poem for summer

    Dear Editor: Tree outside my window Catches departing light Great ringed diameter, long did grow With branches bifurcate, tri-quad-and quiet   That soft green garlands now do weave Suddenly clothes for last bright rays Brown bark, sun touched Now tinged with scarlet light   Time of rest and sustenance sweet For twig and leaf, branch

  • Beware of heavily edited videos

    Dear Editor: I am concerned about the apparent intelligence and education level of our nation’s lawmakers. In theory, they should have more than a high school education. I taught high school for more than just a few years. I often dealt with programs and activities that showed how to spot the bias that exists in

  • Explore Maine’s lighthouses for free Sept. 12

    Explore Maine’s lighthouses for free Sept. 12

    ELLSWORTH — The state of Maine’s 7th Annual Open Lighthouse Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12. More than two dozen lighthouses across the state will be open to visitors free of charge. The popular event, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, draws