• Both sides make closing arguments; now it’s up to the judge

    Both sides make closing arguments; now it’s up to the judge

    BANGOR — Justice Ann Murray heard closing arguments in the jury-waived, Christopher Saenz murder trial Thursday morning. Arguments by defense attorney Jeff Toothaker and assistant attorney general Deb Cashman ended at 11:35 a.m. Saenz, 32, is accused of murdering his wife, Hilary, 29, with “depraved indifference” on Christmas Day 2013 at their Central Street residence

  • Community health forum at MCMH

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free community health forum titled “The Diabetic Foot” on Monday, June 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the hospital classroom. Dr. Nicholas Vachon will discuss different foot issues specific to patients with diabetes, offer guidance on how to avoid common injuries and discuss common

  • RSU 24 budget approved

    RSU 24 budget approved

    SULLIVAN — With fewer than 75 voters in attendance, Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) on Wednesday night overwhelmingly approved its $15.4-million budget for the upcoming year. Although the budget is 2.5 percent lower than the current year’s spending, it still means hefty increases for some communities. The increases are due to a number of

  • Write a review? Ha! How hard can that be?

    Write a review? Ha! How hard can that be?

    Editor’s note: Today’s “Cheers” column is guest written by Dr. Robert Scovin of Ellsworth. Dr. Scovin has, in the past, delivered himself of observations regarding “Cheers” that might be interpreted, by some, as criticisms. One of the thoughtful suggestions he has tendered involved a long leave of absence for “Cheers” author Stephen Fay. Instead, we

  • Kneisel Hall hosts week-long residency

    BLUE HILL — “Together in Music!”, Kneisel Hall’s four-day chamber residency, is taking place May 26-29, around town. The remaining concerts will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Parker Ridge Retirement Community and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Kneisel Hall (137 Pleasant St). For more info, visit www.kneisel.org.

  • Three seek election as Gouldsboro selectmen

    Three seek election as Gouldsboro selectmen

    GOULDSBORO — Candidates in municipal races often run unopposed, but this year’s reelection for two selectmen seats has three candidates in the fray. Elections will be held Tuesday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gouldsboro Community Center. Selectmen Bill Thayer and Roger Bowen are both seeking new three-year terms. Ernie West

  • Ellsworth High School announces honor parts

    Ellsworth High School announces honor parts

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School has announced the honor parts for the graduating Class of 2015. Anna Kreitzer, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Kreitzer of Ellsworth, is valedictorian. In addition to her academic achievements, Kreitzer  has participated in show choir and fall musical performances during all four of her high school years. She is also

  • Witness: Saenz took heroin

    Witness: Saenz took heroin

    BANGOR — Michael Bills of Bangor, accompanied by his attorney, Charles F. Budd of Rudman Winchell, testified Wednesday that he sold heroin to Christopher Saenz during the month of December 2013. Bills testified that Saenz, 32, injected heroin in Bills’ kitchen. Bills sought not to testify by invoking his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. However,