• Diabetes program starting June 2

    ELLSWORTH — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s free Dining with Diabetes Downeast series begins Thursday, June 2, from 3-5 p.m. at the UMaine Extension Hancock County office, 63 Boggy Brook Road in Ellsworth. The four-week series continues June 9, June 16 and June 23. This program complements medical care by teaching people with type

  • Man of many hats releases one beautiful CD

    Man of many hats releases one beautiful CD

    Sometimes classical, sometimes bluesy, sometimes jazzy and always exquisitely beautiful. That’s the original music produced by pianist Scott Cleveland of Brooklin on his new recording titled “Short Pieces for Solo Piano.” Cleveland graduated in 1976 from the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, which can boast alumni who collectively have won more than 250

  • Let’s stick with PERC

    By a narrow 4-3 majority, the Ellsworth City Council made what we believe to be the right move last week in voting to continue sending the city’s trash to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC) facility in Orrington. Municipalities through a large part of Maine have been confronted with the need to choose between PERC

  • Support your local chamber

    Gretchen Wilson, executive director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, and incoming Chamber President Kelly Cochrane provided balanced summaries of challenges and opportunities in their remarks at the Chamber’s annual meeting last Thursday evening. Their message — we’re all in this together, let the Chamber work for you — harmonizes with an editorial position

  • Swim with dolphins, talk with whales

    Whales have been a source of fascination long before the Biblical and literary adventures of Jonah and Captain Ahab. For visitors to Bar Harbor, whale watching expeditions are a popular way to spend a summer day on the Gulf of Maine aboard high-speed catamarans staffed by marine naturalists who know where the local leviathans hang

  • Replacement drugs trade one addiction for another

    By Barbara Royal I will attempt to carry a message from many voices of individuals who are not always able to speak on their own behalf. This message comes from what we at Open Door refer to as the “Front Line.” It is where men, women and children are haunted daily by the voice of

  • Suboxone saves lives

    By Kip Young I’m a substance use counselor here in Downeast Maine. I started working with people who have substance use disorders in 1990, and in the last 10 years I’ve spent over 10,000 hours interviewing and talking to them. About 75 percent of these folks have been dependent on synthetic opiate pain medication (Percocet,