• Ellsworth city manager’s post attracts total of 24 applicants

    Ellsworth city manager’s post attracts total of 24 applicants

    ELLSWORTH — The final number of applicants for the job of Ellsworth’s city manager stands at 24, following the close of the application period on Friday. That’s according to City Council Chairman Bob Crosthwaite, who said Tuesday morning the number is “pretty encouraging.” Crosthwaite and his City Council colleagues are set to meet behind closed

  • Students challenge teacher to kiss a potbelly pig

    Students challenge teacher to kiss a potbelly pig

    PENOBSCOT — “Ms. Riopell and piggy, sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!” So began a song by the gleeful first- and second-graders at Penobscot Community School during an assembly last Friday afternoon. Heidi Riopell, who teaches seventh- and eighth-graders, was nominated by the younger students to kiss the snout of a demure, 125-pound potbelly pig named

  • Acting your age is strictly optional

    Acting your age is strictly optional

    Dear Nicole: Here’s the dilemma. We can’t act, look or live our age. Most of those in our four-score and 10-plus years (and many way younger) here are flabby, inactive, dull and wear old people’s clothes (you know, the baggy things). And, this includes both species: native and from away. Hey, can we say that

  • Students see skills in action at HCTC Skills Camp

    Students see skills in action at HCTC Skills Camp

    ELLSWORTH — Middle school students from around Hancock County got a firsthand look Saturday morning at programs offered at the Hancock County Technical Center (HCTC). “We’ve talked about trying to do something like this,” said HCTC Director Amy Boles, referring to the school’s staff during what was called Skills Camp. “A way to get more

  • Verona Island voters choose new selectman

    Verona Island voters choose new selectman

    VERONA ISLAND — About 25 voters attended the annual Town Meeting last Saturday, selecting several town officials and approving a town budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal calendar with little discussion. A brief moment of silence was held for recently deceased Selectman Thomas Carpenter. Selectman Russell Ames, whose term was ending this year, was re-elected to

  • On the Road Review: Ford Escape Titanium Edition

    On the Road Review: Ford Escape Titanium Edition

    Ford was Americans’ favorite car company again last year with almost 2.4 million new cars and trucks sold across the country. A large part of that success was the compact-class Escape with over 306,000 units sold, or 12.8 percent of Ford’s reported sales. That makes the popular Escape the third best-selling Ford nameplate — behind

  • Cars collide in Ellsworth after one runs red light

    Cars collide in Ellsworth after one runs red light

    ELLSWORTH — A Gouldsboro man was ticketed Sunday after he reportedly ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle. Police said 25-year-old Christopher J. Ring was headed south on High Street around 4 p.m. when he reportedly ran a red light at the entrance to the Maine Coast Mall by Governor’s Restaurant. Ring’s 2007