Business

  • Labor shortage hurting local businesses

    Labor shortage hurting local businesses

    ELLSWORTH — In the 1980s, Americans stopped having babies at the rates they had in previous decades and that’s turned into a problem for your lunch. Finn’s Irish Pub was closed for lunch Sunday through Wednesday this week due to a staffing shortage. “We have a wonderful core group of people here, our staff,” said

  • Camden National reports first quarter earnings

    CAMDEN — Camden National Corp. recently reported net income for the first quarter of 2017 of $10.1 million and diluted earnings per share of 64 cents per share, representing an increase over the first quarter of 2016 of 17 percent and 14 percent, respectively. For the first quarter of 2017, the company’s return on average

  • Down East Family YMCA hires operations director for Bucksport

    Down East Family YMCA hires operations director for Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — Nick Tymoczko has been named recreation operations director for the town of Bucksport. As such, Tymoczko will oversee program development, fundraising and budget matters, as well as supervise the summer day camp, after-school programs and pool staff. Earlier this month, the Bucksport Town Council approved of a two-year contract with the Down East

  • Neon artist lights up downtown Bucksport

    Neon artist lights up downtown Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — Fans of BookStacks will notice that Leo the cat isn’t the only animal hanging around the bookstore these days. Last month, store owner Andy Lacher installed a glowing pink neon light in the shape of a flamingo in one of the shop windows facing Main Street. “I think it’s quirky, whimsical,” said Lacher,

  • New coffee shop planned

    New coffee shop planned

    ELLSWORTH — The standalone coffee shop in front of Maine Coast Mall on High Street will once again be occupied and in business soon. A sign on the building and information on the company’s website indicate Aroma Joe’s will be the new tenant in the space, replacing Deja Brew/Sweet Cones, the previous occupant (which in

  • Businesses eye sites on Main, High streets

    Businesses eye sites on Main, High streets

    ELLSWORTH — Two commercial projects, one a reuse of a downtown building and the other a replacement of a High Street business, will come before the city Planning Board for final approval Wednesday, May 3. Both proposals have come before the board already for initial review at earlier meetings. On Main Street, Melissa Chakirelis is

  • Tadenev appointed to Downeast Horizons board

    Michael Tadenev has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors at Downeast Horizons, a provider of community-based services for local people with developmental disabilities and their families in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo counties. Tadenev is an attorney with the law firm of Eaton Peabody. Based in Ellsworth, he frequently collaborates

  • Inn owner says waterfront walkway causes too much noise

    Inn owner says waterfront walkway causes too much noise

    BUCKSPORT — The owner of the Fort Knox Park Inn, a hotel on Main Street that overlooks the town’s waterfront walkway, is working with the town government to find a solution to the walkway noise he says is irritating his customers when they’re trying to sleep. “The people who are walking by make noise, that’s

  • City manager sees bright present, future ahead for Ellsworth

    City manager sees bright present, future ahead for Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — When City Manager David Cole takes a look around the city these days, he likes what he sees. On Beckwith Hill, crews are busy converting the old Lowe’s building into a mouse production facility for The Jackson Laboratory. Empty storefronts are filling up on Main Street, more building permits are being issued and