• Japanese investor helps SteriPEN company expand

    Japanese investor helps SteriPEN company expand

    BLUE HILL — A Japanese firm has agreed to invest in Hydro-Photon Inc., manufacturer of the SteriPEN ultraviolet (UV) handheld water purifiers, to help the company expand. Hydro-Photon has received an equity investment from Asahi Kasei Corporation (AK) of Tokyo, Japan, according to a press release issued Monday by Hydro-Photon spokesman Julie Lord. Asahi Kasei

  • U.S. Marine vet finds niche after military service

    U.S. Marine vet finds niche after military service

    FRANKLIN — Rope is not scarce in Maine. Brightly colored polypropylene line, piled on wharves and in the back of pickup trucks, is a familiar element in the coastal landscape. In 2008, though, Maine lobstermen were required to replace their floating rope with sink line to help the endangered North Atlantic right whales from becoming

  • Spagheti dinner to benefit Deer Isle student team

    Spagheti dinner to benefit Deer Isle student team

    DEER ISLE — The Deer Isle-Stonington High School Odyssey of the Mind Team will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, May 2, at 5 p.m. at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School cafeteria to raise money to travel to the World Finals at Michigan State University in late May. Chef Max Mattes (The Whale’s Rib Tavern)

  • Kephart, Mulcahy win annual Kaufman 5K

    Kephart, Mulcahy win annual Kaufman 5K

    ELLSWORTH — More than 200 runners and walkers — the largest field ever — turned out Saturday for the eighth annual Jerry Kaufman Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run held by the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA. Andrew Kephart, 30, of Ellsworth captured top honors, pulling away from the rest of the field

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

    On the Road Review: Toyota Tacoma Access Cab gallery

    In the fall of 2004, Toyota started building a larger, longer small pickup to replace the outgoing ten-year old Tacoma — one of the most popular small trucks ever. The new truck was designed to beat the Dodge Dakota — the leading “midsize” pickup truck in the market. USA Today called the new Tacoma “crude,