• 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

  • No Snickers for Yogi

    We can all heave a huge sigh of relief. Finally, the live-free-or-die state — neighboring New Hampshire — has put in effect a new rule that bans the use of chocolate of any kind in bear baits. The new ban reads in part: “For the 2016 black bear baiting season and for all subsequent black

  • Shucks, time for corn pudding

    Shucks, time for corn pudding

    My husband and I are having a “harvest” competition this summer between sweet corn and mackerel. To date, I have picked 84 ears of sweet corn and he has caught 70 mackerel. Although I’m in the lead, the sweet corn season here at Rabbit Hill farm is about over, as I only cultivated 86 Dorinny

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log: Ten ticketed during speed detail

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log: Ten ticketed during speed detail

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Campbell issued 10 summonses for speeding after working a four-hour speed detail in the Ellsworth area Aug. 27. Campbell warned several motorists about their speed as well. Campbell summoned Jourdon Smith, 27, of Orland on charges of speeding and operating after suspension. On Aug. 26, Campbell patrolled for the

  • Interim principal hired at Blue Hill Consolidated School

    BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill School Board Monday hired Union 93 Curriculum Coordinator Shelly Schildroth to serve as interim principal. Schildroth replaces Matt Lokken, who resigned Aug. 25, a week before the start of school, citing personal reasons. “The principal resigned…it wasn’t exactly expected,” Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt said last week. The Blue

  • Area forums on ranked choice voting scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — Four community education forums on ranked choice voting are being held at local restaurants for Hancock County residents beginning on Monday, Sept. 14. There will be food to sample at each event, and all are free and open to the public. The forums will be co-hosted by the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting,