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  • Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11

    The following cases were heard in Hancock County Court, according to court records: Nov. 3 through Dec. 11 Sara N. Comtois, 23, Castine. Two charges of gross sexual assault at Penobscot, March 26. Dismissed. Ryan T. Conley, 36, Gouldsboro. Shooting from motor vehicle or motorboat at T28-MD, Oct. 14. $200. William P. Connell, 20, Hancock.

  • State budget vs. job creation

    Dear Editor: The vast majority of Maine jobs are created by small local businesses hiring local residents. Many (most?) of these small start-ups have been funded by Mainers taking out mortgages on their homes. The budget recently presented by the Governor proposes to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction from state income tax returns. This proposal would

  • House fire in Winter Harbor

    House fire in Winter Harbor

    Firefirefighters from Winter Harbor, Gouldsboro, Sullivan, Hancock and Franklin responded late Monday morning to a house fire on Grindstone Avenue in Winter Harbor. The structure, built in 1891, is known as the Ruthven Rocks House and is owned by Mike Riley. Riley said the fire started in a side porch on the first floor and

  • Artist Jon Imber painting up a storm

    Artist Jon Imber painting up a storm

    STONINGTON — Last summer painter Jon Imber was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a devastating affliction that slowly paralyzes the body. In the year since the diagnosis, the 63-year-old painter has lost much of the use of both his hands, and now walks and speaks with increasing

  • Woman dies from injuries in Blue Hill crash

    BLUE HILL — A 76-year-old Brooklin woman has died from injuries sustained in a head-on collision Saturday on Route 172 near the Surry/Blue Hill town line. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was notified Wednesday that Katherine Ricker had died from her injuries. The two-vehicle crash occurred Saturday at 12:51 p.m. Percy Blaisdell, 82, of Ellsworth

  • Boat Storage Companies Are Calm Without Storms

    TREMONT — The last few years, boat owners on Mount Desert Island have pulled their vessels out of harbors prematurely for winter storage as swells from hurricanes threatened coastline property in Down East Maine. In 2009, Hurricane Bill, a storm that swept visitors in Acadia National Park into the ocean, resulting in one death, had

  • Morris Yachts Gets Line On Master Rigger

    TREMONT — Following a search that lasted nearly one year, Morris Yachts added experienced hand Mike Paige to their staff in July. Mr. Paige –a world traveler and veritable walking toolbox – may offer more to the company than his position suggests. “I see things a little differently,” said Mr. Paige, who uses his title

  • Governor and Democratic Leader Announce Plans to Fix State Ethics

    AUGUSTA — Two of the state’s top political leaders are vowing a bipartisan effort to make government ethics, accountability and transparency key issues in the upcoming legislative session. Republican Governor Paul LePage and House Democratic leader Emily Cain are responding to a national report that gave Maine government an “F” for its potential for corruption.

  • Unique Sailboat Anchors in Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — Thorfinn, one of only ten Presto 30 sailboats in the world, is turning heads in the waters off Mount Desert Island this season as the 30-foot sailboat with two masts and wishbone booms cruises through as little as 13 inches of water. The Presto 30 is built by Ryder Boats in Bucksport

  • Topsail Wafts Helen Brooks To Friendship Sloop Win

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Battling fickle breezes, 14 Friendship sloops raced through Great Harbor as part of the 20th annual Southwest Harbor Friendship Sloop Rendezvous held last weekend. The fleet boasted a slew of island-built boats, including two built by Ralph Stanley, Peregrine and Endeavor, and four fiberglass Friendships built by Jarvis Newman, including Osprey, Banshee,

  • COA President Climbs 22 Peaks in 17.5 Hours

    BAR HARBOR — “We’re a determined bunch,” said Darron Collins, President of College of the Atlantic, vowing to ascend again some of the highest peaks in Acadia National Park, after climbing only 22 peaks in a period of 17-and-a-half hours on June 25 during his “28 peaks in 24 hours,” a fund-raiser for the college.

  • Ice Cream Maker says ‘View’ on Top is Sweet

    Ice Cream Maker says ‘View’ on Top is Sweet

    BAR HARBOR — Touting fearless flavor and an irresistible aesthetic, the Mount Desert Island Ice Cream Company has tempted our nation’s commander-in-chief, earned top honors from foodies and, most recently, is slated to appear on ABC’s The View in an episode featuring five of the best ice cream makers in the U.S. In the show,