• 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

  • A wake-up call to Maine

    Three Southern New England states want to turn Maine into their wind plantation, and Central Maine Power and Emera Maine appear to be enthusiastic supporters of that plan. Last November, a consortium of agencies and electric utilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island issues a Request for Proposals to deliver at least 5,000 gigawatt hours

  • Thanks for listening

    A salute to the Ellsworth Planning Department and City Planner Michele Gagnon for the recent decision to launch a pilot project and hold community meetings with residents who are concerned about projects and proposals that have the potential to disrupt a neighborhood. The idea is to hold meetings — part listening sessions, part round-table discussions

  • Plan Colombia

    Although you would never know it from listening to much of the current campaign rhetoric, U.S. foreign policy has achieved some important recent successes. One of them was on display this past week with the visit to Washington by the president of Colombia. President Santos’ purpose, in several public appearances as well as a meeting