Articles by: Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Anne Berleant covers news and features in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. When not reporting, find her hiking local trails, reading or watching professional tennis. Anne loves tips and story ideas from the public. Email her at [email protected] or call her at 667-2576.
  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Oct. 22

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Oct. 22

    ELLSWORTH — Police charged two 18-year-old men in connection with vandalism to political signs at an Ellsworth residence and, after further investigation, for vandalized and stolen signs in Lamoine, Trenton and Surry. The signs were reported as vandalized on Oct. 3. Nicklas E. Steinbarger, 18, and Oliver E. Wilson, 18, both of Blue Hill, were

  • City OKs solar deal

    City OKs solar deal

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors on Monday approved signing a 20-year contract with Portsmouth, N.H.-based SunRaise for the city to purchase net energy billing credits generated by a solar farm to be built off Mariaville Road. The vote was 6-1, with Councilor Michelle Kaplan voting against the project. A second and separate contract with SunRaise for

  • Speaking out: Domestic violence survivor shares her story

    Speaking out: Domestic violence survivor shares her story

    ELLSWORTH — College age when she followed her new boyfriend from Massachusetts to Cherryfield 15 years ago, now Meagan Graslie raises their two children alone in Ellsworth, after breaking free from what she said was 11 years of domestic abuse. “I was in awe,” Graslie said of her feelings when she first met her ex-partner,

  • Public to weigh in on solar plan, city manager search

    Public to weigh in on solar plan, city manager search

    ELLSWORTH — The City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed solar energy agreement at its Monday, Oct. 19, meeting. A council vote on the plan is set to follow the hearing. The council also invites the public to discuss the search for a city manager at a forum on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

  • Cranberry harvest disappoints small growers

    Cranberry harvest disappoints small growers

    ELLSWORTH — Blueberries weren’t the only local harvest that suffered from the hot, dry summer. Cranberries — less popular and profitable than their blue brethren — also faced challenges, according to area growers in mid-harvest, if they were harvesting at all. “The weather’s been a real challenge,” said Lynch Hill Farms’ Courtney Hammond, echoing what

  • COVID-19 testing site, McDonald’s renovations issued city permits

    COVID-19 testing site, McDonald’s renovations issued city permits

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Regional Health Facility will erect a temporary building to conduct COVID-19 testing, according to a permit issued in September by the city of Ellsworth. The building cost is estimated at just over $60,000. Three additional commercial building permits were issued that month, including one for a $245,000 interior renovation of McDonald’s

  • Hospitals erect new testing facilities

    Hospitals erect new testing facilities

    ELLSWORTH — Hospitals in Ellsworth and Blue Hill are readying their facilities as winter approaches with no sign of the coronavirus pandemic being vanquished. Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital and Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital now have temporary wooden structures designed for drive-through testing, affording greater protection from the outdoor elements over the pop-up tents

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Oct. 15

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Oct. 15

    ELLSWORTH — Police have fielded a handful of reports detailing suspicious behavior. Police responded to Main Street on Oct. 7 for a report of a suspicious vehicle but nothing suspicious was found. Police are investigating a report of a suspicious man at a local business on Oct. 7 Police received a call about a suspicious

  • Luchini, Langley discuss pandemic, environment

    Luchini, Langley discuss pandemic, environment

    ELLSWORTH — Incumbent state Sen. Louie Luchini and former four-term senator Brian Langley exchanged views on the 2020 election’s hot-button issues in a virtual forum on Oct. 13. Former state senator Jill Goldthwait served as moderator, with questions covering climate change, health care, renewable energy and restarting a state economy battered by COVID-19. Both candidates