• Hancock County Superior Court July 15 to July 24

    Hancock County Superior Court July 15 to July 24

    The following cases were heard in Hancock County Superior Court, according to official records: July 15 to July 24 William Smith, 51, Franklin. Gross sexual misconduct at Hancock, July 10, 1987. Jail 30 days. Probation partially revoked. Craig E. Strout Desmond, 28, Castine. Unlawful possession of oxycodone at Ellsworth, Aug. 4, 2011. Dismissed. Unlawful trafficking

  • Property Transfers July 23 to July 29

    AMHERST Holly Lund, Canon City, Colo., to David R. Butterfield, Eddington, land with any buildings. Warranty Deed. Toni Denise Taylor, Columbus, Ind., Personal Representative of the Estate of Neola J. Lord, to Toni Denise Taylor, Columbus, Ind., Dirk Eugene Lord, Newark, Del., and William Darin Lord, Columbus, Ind., as tenants in common, land with any

  • Square-rigged ship visits Castine

    Square-rigged ship visits Castine

    The square-rigged barque Picton Castle sailed into Castine on Wednesday and anchored in Nautilus Cove for an overnight stop on route from New York to her home port of Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. In October, the sail training ship is scheduled to begin a Transatlantic cruise with stops in Europe, Africa and the West Indies.

  • Social Security’s future

    Within weeks of taking office, the next president of the United States must begin fitting his or her promises and plans for the nation’s economy into a budget proposal. It is likely that no challenge will be greater than coming up with a budget that puts America on a more responsible fiscal course. Over the

  • The power of 545

    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, columnist Charlie Reese of the Orlando Sentinel in Florida penned several versions of a column observing that “politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.” Since Reese died some years ago, various forms of his column keep on appearing on the

  • A House (and a Senate) divided, but a good budget nonetheless

    By Sen. David C. Burns In divided government, nobody gets everything they want. Over the past few months at the Statehouse, compromise has been necessary on a number of issues, most notably the biennial budget. Maine’s constitution requires a balanced budget, so had a budget not been passed, the state government would have shut down.

  • New partnerships yield new strategies in workforce development

    By Ellen Beaulieu and Isla Baldwin The University of New England (UNE) has been designated and recognized as a groundbreaker in new models of higher education by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. UNE was selected to join the Gates-funded Breakthrough Models Incubator a year ago to collaborate with nationally recognized business and education leaders

  • Gateway to fun

    Gateway to fun

    Dear Editor: My name is Chuck Gordon, from Franklin, Tenn. My wife, Sheri, and I were in your beautiful area in the middle of July mainly to escape the heat in middle Tennessee. We did it all while there, from touring Acadia to the Bar Harbor shopping spree, including buying a full bearskin rug from

  • Combating a silent epidemic

    Dear Editor: Tuesday, Jan. 28, is the anniversary of Nobel Laureate Baruch Samuel Blumberg’s birth, and widely recognized as World Hepatitis Day. Blumberg is credited with discovering hepatitis B, developing one of the first screening tests and creating a vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus. A testament to heroism in science and medicine,