• T.G.I.F. dance scheduled Feb. 19

    ELLSWORTH — The next T.G.I.F. Lesson and Dance is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, at the Moore Community Center. There will be a West Coast swing dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. with a social dance to follow from 7:30 until 9:20. Music will be DJ’d with song mixes for a variety of dance styles and

  • Cabin Fever dance to benefit SPCA

    BAR HARBOR — The Crown Vics, a local rockabilly band, will be performing at a Cabin Fever dance to help raise money for the SPCA of Hancock County. The concert/dance will be held from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel on Eden Street in Bar Harbor. Food and

  • Bucksport Council getting tablet computers

    BUCKSPORT — The stacks of paper that have traditionally been handed out to members of the Town Council at their twice-a-month meetings will soon be history. On Thursday, the group approved spending up to $2,500 to purchase nine tablet computers, on which they will eventually receive electronic versions of those papers. The decision was recommended

  • Hancock County Court Nov. 14 to Dec. 18

    Hancock County Court Nov. 14 to Dec. 18

    The following cases were heard in Hancock County Court, according to official records: Nov. 14 to Dec. 18 Thomas M. Absalom, 38, Columbia. Operating vehicle without license at Ellsworth, Sept. 24. $100. Dylan P. Alley, no age provided, Steuben. Motor vehicle speeding: 30+ MPH over speed limit at Hancock, Oct. 4. $450. Jamie Alley, 33,

  • Former high-ranking FBI agent named as new Ellsworth police chief

    Former high-ranking FBI agent named as new Ellsworth police chief

    ELLSWORTH — City officials announced Friday morning that a former FBI agent who oversaw that agency’s domestic terrorism investigations has accepted an offer to become Ellsworth’s next police chief. Harold “Pete” Bickmore is a Maine native who spent 26 years working with the FBI, rising through the ranks from a special agent in Newark, N.J.

  • Wintry weather means no Winter Carnival or Frost Fest this weekend

    Wintry weather means no Winter Carnival or Frost Fest this weekend

    ELLSWORTH — The forecast for significant winter weather this weekend means local winter celebrations will not be taking place as planned. In Ellsworth, the annual winter carnival was set for Saturday. Organizers said the prospect of “frigid temperatures and the threat of significant snow” forced them to cancel all scheduled activities. “At this point, there

  • Acclaimed quartet to perform this weekend

    Acclaimed quartet to perform this weekend

    BLUE HILL — The Dover Quartet, called “the young American string quartet of the moment” by The New Yorker, will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, at The First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Presented by the Blue Hill Concert Association, the concert is the second in the 2016 series. Prior to their

  • Barn Arts Collective to stage “12th Night”

    ELLSWORTH — A wacky reworking of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” will be staged by the Barn Arts Collective at 6 p.m. on Thursday-Friday, Feb. 18-19, at The Grand. The Barn Arts Collective (formerly the Mohawk Arts Collective) is a group of artists that creates and engages community through the practice and presentation of live arts

  • County airport needs more passengers

    County airport needs more passengers

    TRENTON — Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport has lost $2 million in federal entitlement funds since failing to hit a 10,000-passenger enplanement target for the past two years. If the airport hits the annual target, it receives Federal Aviation Administration funding, $1 million a year, for capital improvement projects. An enplanement refers to a passenger boarding