• Eight DEFY gymnasts win all-around titles

    ELLSWORTH — Eight Down East Family YMCA gymnasts were all-around champions on Sunday as the team faced the Waterville YMCA in the first meet of the season at Spriners Gymnastics Center. Champions included: Eleanor Bannerman, first on uneven bars, vault and floor exercises and second on balance beam at the Excel Platinum Level. Paige Butler,

  • Sheriff-elect Scott Kane emphasizes community

    Sheriff-elect Scott Kane emphasizes community

    ELLSWORTH — Sheriff-elect Scott Kane wants Hancock County residents to help keep their communities safe and wants his officers involved in the community. Kane, 59, succeeds longtime Sheriff Bill Clark, who chose not to seek re-election after serving 34 years. County Clerk Cynthia DePrenger will swear Kane into office on Jan. 1. “We have a

  • Maine State Police: Troopers help in apprehending fugitive

    Maine State Police: Troopers help in apprehending fugitive

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police helped the Bucksport Police Department apprehend a fugitive from justice Friday. Troopers Bryan Creamer, Jacob Ferland, Chris Smith and his police dog Winger and Trooper Jacob Ferland helped apprehend Travis Whittlesey, 31, of Bucksport. Whittlesey had a felony extraditable arrest warrant out of Topeka, Kan., as well as an

  • Coastal high school students talk green crab solutions

    Coastal high school students talk green crab solutions

    CASTINE — The scourge of Maine’s softshell clam industry may be about to meet its match — a cadre of more than 50 stundents from seven coastal Maine high schools. Early in December, the Eastern Maine Skippers Program held its green crab exploration event at Maine Maritime Academy. Fifty-five students from high schools including Deer

  • Search for MMA sailing coach continues

    CASTINE — With the campus now virtually emptied by Christmas vacation, a hiring committee at Maine Maritime Academy spent part of last week interviewing candidates to become the school’s varsity sailing coach. In August, Tom Brown resigned as sailing coach after six years on the job. During that time, he built the school’s offshore sailing

  • Congress gives fishermen early Christmas gift

    ELLSWORTH — The 113th Congress may go down in history as one of the least productive Legislatures in American history, but it did give commercial fishermen in Maine and elsewhere an early Christmas gift. Just days before leaving Washington for its holiday recess, Congress sent the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of

  • Marketing powerhouse chosen for lobster effort

    Marketing powerhouse chosen for lobster effort

    PORTLAND — The global marketing firm Weber Shandwick was chosen by the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) Board last week for a public relations, advertising, digital and social media campaign designed to increase demand for Maine lobster. The effort is funded by license fees from all lobster harvesters and dealers in the state. “There’s a

  • Transfers recorded between Dec. 17 and Dec. 22

    BAR HARBOR William A. McFarland, Lincoln, Neb., to Bridgetwin LLC, Ellsworth, 57.52 acres with buildings. Quitclaim Deed. Bette B. Swanton, Bar Harbor, to Bette B. Swanton, Bar Harbor, Trustee of The Bette B. Swanton Trust, 1.5768 acres with all buildings. Quitclaim Deed. Cary B. Swan, Bar Harbor, to Richard Nordan and Missy Nordan, Raleigh, N.C.,