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  • Applications for city home repair funding available starting Aug. 21

    Applications for city home repair funding available starting Aug. 21

    ELLSWORTH — Low- to moderate-income city residents, or landlords who rent to them, can apply for funding to help better their buildings starting Monday, Aug. 21. The city of Ellsworth received $300,000 from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, which in turn got it from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  • Bucksport police apply for body armor grant

    Bucksport police apply for body armor grant

    BUCKSPORT — Body armor might stop bullets and look cool, but it sure is uncomfortable. “You sweat like crazy underneath,” said Detective Sgt. David Winchester of the Bucksport Police Department, while wearing his Type IIIA U.S. Armor ballistic vest. While the vest stops handgun bullets from coming in, it also stops sweat from going out.

  • Motorist seriously injured in Amherst crash

    AMHERST — A LifeFlight helicopter took a motorist to Eastern Maine Medical Center with serious injuries Friday, Maine State Police Troop J Commander Rod Charette said. Police were called to the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Smith Road in Amherst at 11:45 a.m., Charette said. “Due to the nature of injuries, the 68-year-old driver

  • Boat show draws crowd of enthusiasts

    Boat show draws crowd of enthusiasts

    ROCKLAND — The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, celebrating its 15th anniversary on the Rockland waterfront last weekend, featured dozens of beautiful boats — small and large, power and sail, old and new, classic and near classic — from such Downeast builders as DN Hylan, Morris Yachts, Hinckley, Ellis Boat Co., Wilbur Yachts and

  • Surry Forest property dedicated

    Surry Forest property dedicated

    SURRY — Supporters of Blue Hill Heritage Trust (BHHT) gathered at a dedication for the newly acquired Surry Forest on Aug. 11. The forest was dedicated to longtime board member Pamela Johnson, who died last winter from complications of ALS, said spokeswoman Chrissy Allen. Johnson left her estate to BHHT, half of which has been

  • Bucksport Town Council considers Wilson Hall ballot question

    Bucksport Town Council considers Wilson Hall ballot question

    BUCKSPORT — At last week’s Town Council meeting, councilors considered adding a question to the town’s ballot this November. The purpose of the question would be to assess voters’ interest in keeping the historic but dilapidated Wilson Hall building standing. The 177-year-old former Methodist Seminary has been in disrepair since the seminary closed in the

  • New wooden lobster boat launched at Billings

    New wooden lobster boat launched at Billings

    STONINGTON — It’s hardly breaking news that the Maine lobster industry has had some banner years recently. Over the past five years, landings have repeatedly topped 120 million pounds and, for the past two years, the landed value of the catch has topped $500 million. As lobstermen have seen higher earnings, they have been keeping

  • Bridge Hill accident snarls morning traffic

    Bridge Hill accident snarls morning traffic

    ELLSWORTH — Commuter traffic inbound from Surry and Bucksport was snarled Friday morning due to a two-car crash at the Bridge Hill intersection. Officer Rick Roberts is investigating the crash, which involved a pickup truck and a car, which appeared to have collided on the Surry Road in front of the Bucksport Road stop sign. The Ellsworth