• Haystack School director to step down

    Haystack School director to step down

    DEER ISLE — Stuart Kestenbaum, director of Maine’s internationally known Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for the past 26 years, this week announced his intent to step down next year. He informed the staff and the school’s board of trustees. The school has seen a period of unprecedented growth during Kestenbaum’s tenure, establishing many programs,

  • Slow cook and savor rabbit

    Since raising rabbits is an important part of our organic farm plan for building the soil, rabbit is quite often on the menu at our house. This year we had a good harvest, 43 fryers, which we smoke, freeze or make in sausage.  Rabbit meat is quite tasty, very similar to chicken.  It does dry

  • Gouldsboro bell saga drags on

    Gouldsboro bell saga drags on

    GOULDSBORO — The saga of the town’s Victoria bell is not quite over. The Canadian Museum of History in Ontario is borrowing the bell from the SS Victoria next month until September 2015 for Canada’s celebration of its confederation. Talks that eventually led to confederation were held aboard the vessel, hence the bell’s significance in

  • Races get rough as outside money pours in

    Races get rough as outside money pours in

    ELLSWORTH — Maybe you’ve seen the mailer — the one with the photo of a cute child that said protecting such children “from toxic chemicals seems like a simple choice.” Below that is a photo of state Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock County) and the caption in capital letters: “Not for Senator Brian Langley.” That mailer

  • Hassett, Driscoll are PVC champs

    Hassett, Driscoll are PVC champs

    BUCKSPORT — A pair of Hancock County runners turned in winning performances at Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference cross-country championships. Just a week after claiming county titles, sophomore John Hassett of the George Stevens Academy Eagles and senior Caroline Driscoll of the Mount Desert Island Trojans were first across the finish line over Bucksport’s five-kilometer course.

  • Local candidates square-off at forum

    Local candidates square-off at forum

    ELLSWORTH — Eight of the candidates vying to represent local communities in Augusta or the county courthouse met at City Hall Monday night for a forum to explain their views and make their case to voters. Six legislative candidates and two candidates for the office of district attorney attended the forum, which was jointly sponsored

  • Girls’ soccer roundup

    Girls’ soccer roundup

    ELLSWORTH — Barring a major surprise, five of Hancock County’s six girls’ soccer teams will move on to the Eastern Maine high school playoffs. In the Maine Principals’ Association Class B standings, the 10-3-1 Mount Desert Island Trojans wrapped up their regular season Monday night with a close 2-1 win over the 3-11-0 Ellsworth Eagles.

  • High school volleyball roundup

    High school volleyball roundup

    ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island Trojans will enjoy a first-round bye and the Ellsworth Eagles will host Kennebunk in a preliminary playoff today (Thursday) at 4:15 p.m. as the state high school volleyball tournament gets under way. The 13-1 Trojans finished the regular season ranked second in the Class A standings after posting 3-0