• Three arrested in drug bust at Ellsworth motel

    Three arrested in drug bust at Ellsworth motel

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Drug Enforcement agents arrested three Connecticut men on felony drug trafficking offenses after executing a search warrant on an Ellsworth motel room Thursday, MDEA Commander Peter Arno reported. Acting on information received as part of a several-month drug investigation, MDEA agents executed a search warrant at an Ellsworth motel. The specific motel

  • With demolition near, Bucksport eyeing grant funds to test soil at former Verso mill

    With demolition near, Bucksport eyeing grant funds to test soil at former Verso mill

    BUCKSPORT — As the new owner of the town’s paper mill gets closer to demolishing the waterfront facility, local officials are preparing to apply for grant funding to check for soil pollution on the 250-acre waterfront site. Given the mill property’s large size and the economic potential of redeveloping it, the town could be first

  • Benefit supper at St. Andrew Oct. 16

    ELLSWORTH — St. Andrew Lutheran Church is holding a benefit supper for Special Children’s Friends’ early intervention programs on Friday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There is no set fee, but donations will be accepted. The menu includes American chop suey, baked beans, hot dogs, cole slaw and homemade desserts. For more information,

  • Ellsworth firefighters to grace 2016 calendar

    Ellsworth firefighters to grace 2016 calendar

    ELLSWORTH — City firefighters have had their photos taken more than 10,000 times since this spring. “We’ve been here some nights until 9:30,” said photographer Jamie Campbell. “And we’ve gone all over the city, including unusual places such as on roofs, or in the middle of the road.” Why were firefighters having their photos taken

  • RSU 24 hosting open house at new office building

    SULLIVAN — Residents wondering about the new administrative offices for Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) on Route 1 will get a chance to see inside on Oct. 20. The district is hosting an open house at its new digs beginning at 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, brief presentations and some type of housewarming

  • George Mitchell shares compelling stories in memoir

    George Mitchell shares compelling stories in memoir

    Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell has been making the rounds in recent months of the author promotion circuit following the release of his latest book, “The Negotiator.” Those, however, who are looking for his latest missive to be a dry and scholarly recitation of his well-documented diplomatic service in Northern Ireland and the

  • Stonington exploring waste composting option

    STONINGTON — The town of Stonington is exploring the possibility of composting waste, including crab and lobster shells, at the transfer station to reduce costs. Composting could eliminate nearly half of the waste that Stonington sends to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC), according to Selectman Evelyn Duncan, who is spearheading the project. The transfer

  • A rational energy policy

    News last week that two more of Maine’s existing pulp and paper mills will either shut down or be shopped in an unfavorable market points up the absolute need for the Maine Legislature to revisit its misguided state energy policy. We do not suggest that the high cost of electricity was the primary reason for

  • Putin and Obama

    Russia’s sudden military intervention into Syria has highlighted stark differences in the strategic approach of two rival leaders: Vladimir Putin, the riverboat gambler, and Barack Obama, risk-averse and guided by the dictum, “Don’t do stupid stuff.” Commentaries on events in Syria divide between those seeing Putin as proving his mastery over a feckless Obama and