Articles by: Cyndi Wood

Cyndi Wood

Cyndi Wood

Managing Editor
Cyndi is managing editor of The Ellsworth American. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter.
  • Traffic down over the July 4 weekend

    Traffic down over the July 4 weekend

    ELLSWORTH – Neither business nor the traditional public fireworks displays were booming this Fourth of July. While traffic to the area did pick up and plenty of out-of-state plates were spotted, the holiday weekend was subdued compared to years past, says Gretchen Wilson, executive director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. Locals were “kind

  • Drive-in theater to open in Stonington

    Drive-in theater to open in Stonington

    STONINGTON — The show must go on – outdoors. The Stonington Opera House has been closed since late March due to the pandemic, but the crew at Opera House Arts has come up with a new way to entertain and draw the community together. Beginning, next Friday, July 10, the nonprofit performing arts organization will

  • Mainers rally to pull off wedding for disappointed couple

    Mainers rally to pull off wedding for disappointed couple

    TRENTON — Proving that when there’s a will, there can be a wedding, a Philadelphia area couple married Sunday at the Great Maine Lumberjack Show under an arbor hand-built for the occasion. Tim Viands and Shannon McGarry’s plans for a September wedding in Ireland were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disappointed couple were visiting

  • Multiple arrests after Verona Island incident

    Multiple arrests after Verona Island incident

    VERONA ISLAND — A Verona Island man has been arrested on charges of domestic violence assault and terrorizing, among others, following an incident at a Verona Island residence this week. On Wednesday, June 24, a concerned citizen contacted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office regarding the well-being of a friend. The Sheriff’s Office began investigating and

  • Contested primary in Senate 7

    Contested primary in Senate 7

    ELLSWORTH — Two Republican businessmen and incumbent Democrat Louie Luchini are running for the state Senate seat representing District 7. Brian Langley, owner of the Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth and a former educator and legislator, will face John Linnehan, who is president of Linnehan Homes and for years led local Christian ministries, in

  • EHS modifies graduation plans

    EHS modifies graduation plans

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School Principal Dan Clifford on Monday announced new graduation plans for the Class of 2020 after safety and logistical concerns were raised about some aspects of earlier plans. The new plan “has been developed with the input of students, parents, teachers, staff, administration and community members,” according to a statement provided

  • Monteux music school cancels 2020 season

    Monteux music school cancels 2020 season

    HANCOCK — The Monteux School & Music Festival’s board of directors has made the difficult, unanimous decision to cancel the 2020 summer season. This decision comes on the heels of Governor Janet Mills’ extension of the state of civil emergency to May 15. Marc Thayer, executive director of MSMF, stated, “On behalf of the Monteux

  • Businesses anticipate massive 2020 losses

    Businesses anticipate massive 2020 losses

    ELLSWORTH — Can Maine’s businesses, particularly those that cater to tourists, bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to stop the virus’s spread? For some, the answer is barely or maybe not at all, according to a survey of 1,467 businesses by the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Of those surveyed in

  • Scissors and shields: Barbers and stylists navigate reopening

    Scissors and shields: Barbers and stylists navigate reopening

    ELLSWORTH — The state-issued checklist for reopening salons and barbershops amid the COVID-19 pandemic is long, but not as lengthy as the list of men awaiting haircuts at High Street Barber Shop last Friday. “Am I the only one open?” barber Stacey Warren asked as she trimmed a client’s hair and greeted others as they

  • Great Lamoine Sardine Haul celebrates community, history

    Great Lamoine Sardine Haul celebrates community, history

    LAMOINE — There’s something fishy going on around town. Take a leisurely stroll or drive and you will notice the evidence on mailboxes and fences; in windows and on doors; on stakes, trees, gates and signposts. This is no crime wave. Instead, the tide has brought in a school of handmade sardines. As part of

  • Stay-at-home order stands; Governor reviewing options

    ELLSWORTH — Governor Janet Mills on Thursday said that she has yet to decide whether to renew her stay-at-home order or to allow it to expire on April 30. But it is clear that “things will not return to normal soon,” she said at a press briefing April 23. Of her state-healthy-at-home mandate issued March