Articles by: Cyndi Wood

Cyndi Wood

Cyndi Wood

New Media Editor
Cyndi oversees web content and social media for The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander newspapers. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter. When she's not in front of a computer screen, you can find her in her garage working on an ever-growing stack of DIY projects.
  • Signs of support greet returning EHS students

    Signs of support greet returning EHS students

    ELLSWORTH — Days after an Ellsworth High School student was charged with threatening a school shooting, his classmates returned to class Monday morning under gray skies. Amid the heightened anxiety felt by many students, parents and staff members, there was at least one bright spot. A group of concerned community members lined the high school’s

  • Boxing program empowers Parkinson’s patients

    Boxing program empowers Parkinson’s patients

    ELLSWORTH — When our lives are threatened, instinct offers up three choices: fight, flee or fold. Running is not an option when the threat is a devastating diagnosis, but folding is. It can be all too easy to give up or try to ignore the problem. But the small group gathered in the Moore Community

  • Dog sledding preschooler has big dreams

    Dog sledding preschooler has big dreams

    ELLSWORTH — Emma Rea was 5 months old the first time she took a ride in a dog sled. Her maternal grandmother, Rema Mitchell, put the baby in a helmet, strapped her car seat to a sled and did a gentle turn around the driveway. Emma’s father was more than a little surprised when he

  • Lab lands $12.5 million for Ellsworth facility

    Lab lands $12.5 million for Ellsworth facility

    ELLSWORTH — The Jackson Laboratory has been awarded $12.5 million in voter-approved bond funding for its new state-of-the-art mouse production facility in Ellsworth. The grant from the Maine Technology Institute was announced Monday. The lab’s Ellsworth vivarium is now under construction at the site of the former Lowe’s home improvement store at Kingsland Crossing. It

  • Etch A Sketch artist finds niche

    Etch A Sketch artist finds niche

    BAR HARBOR — Ever tried to draw a circle on an Etch A Sketch? You are excused if the exercise ended with flinging the iconic red children’s toy toward the nearest trash bin. “I can’t draw a circle on an Etch A Sketch either,” admits artist Andrea Tilden. She can, however, draw intricate likenesses of

  • Frigid temps follow white Christmas

    Frigid temps follow white Christmas

    ELLSWORTH — A white Christmas is lyrical; a whiteout Christmas is a pain. Monday’s snowstorm caused some Mainers to cancel or alter their holiday plans, while others put their faith in their snow tires and headed out over the river and through the woods. Snowfall totals varied greatly across the state, from under 6 inches

  • American reporter takes city post

    American reporter takes city post

    ELLSWORTH — After five years covering City Hall, American reporter Steve Fuller is going to work there. Fuller, who joined The Ellsworth American staff in March 2012, will leave at the end of the month to take a job as assistant to the Ellsworth city planner. “I have really enjoyed working at The Ellsworth American

  • Ellsworth’s Santa celebrates 50 years

    Ellsworth’s Santa celebrates 50 years

    ELLSWORTH — The little girl who perched on Santa’s knee wasn’t a believer — she just wanted a candy cane. But years of experience had taught St. Nick this was more than a case of childhood skepticism, but one of want. The girl’s family could not afford much of a Christmas that year. “That won’t

  • Hancock County, statewide voters favor Medicaid expansion

    Hancock County, statewide voters favor Medicaid expansion

    ELLSWORTH — Great Pond was a town divided on the issue of Medicaid expansion. Voters there split 11-11 on Question 2 at the polls Tuesday. Countywide, 62 percent of voters favored expansion and 38 percent were opposed. This mirrored the statewide results. Fifty-nine percent of Maine voters were in favor and 41 percent opposed with

  • York County casino question receives state, countywide “no”

    York County casino question receives state, countywide “no”

    ELLSWORTH — A York County casino developer touted his project as a job-creator and money-maker, but Mainers weren’t betting on it. Ninety percent of Hancock County voters were opposed to Question 1 on Tuesday’s ballot. Not a single municipality in Hancock County voted in favor of the referendum. The question was rejected statewide, according to