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.
  • Conservation groups to purchase 17,881 acres

    Conservation groups to purchase 17,881 acres

    ELLSWORTH — Vast swaths of forestland in Hancock and Washington counties will be conserved for public use under a partnership between multiple agencies. The Conservation Fund on Tuesday purchased 17,881 acres from Winn-based H.C. Haynes Inc. The goal is “to protect wildlife habitat, ensure future recreational access and support the economies of nearby coastal communities,”

  • Teacher, church deacon Joan Preble dies at 78

    Teacher, church deacon Joan Preble dies at 78

    ELLSWORTH — Paint-spattered mini Michelangelos blossomed under the tutelage of Joan Preble. The longtime Ellsworth preschool teacher would tape butcher block paper to the underside of classroom tables so that students could crawl underneath and imagine they were painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Preble, 78, died April 13 after a battle with colon

  • Blizzard dumps nearly 2 feet

    Blizzard dumps nearly 2 feet

    ELLSWORTH — Maine muscles are built shoveling the dooryard. After this week’s storm, we should all have the biceps of gladiators. Inch counts vary, but at least a foot and closer to two fell over much of Hancock County. Bobbie Bernier pulled out the measuring tape to confirm 27 inches of snow on her back

  • Students to protest gun violence

    Students to protest gun violence

    ELLSWORTH — Peaceful protest can make a powerful statement, but it’s not a free pass to walk out of class. School walkouts are planned nationwide March 14, the one-month anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The Enough: National School Walkout is spearheaded by Youth Empower, an

  • 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