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.
  • Ginia Davis Wexler, arts patron, dies at 99

    Ginia Davis Wexler, arts patron, dies at 99

    SULLIVAN — Ginia Davis Wexler, a tenacious supporter of the arts who welcomed generations of children to her theater barn for free shows, died June 7. She was 99. “She was a graceful, lovely woman — a delight to be around,” said longtime friend Mary Welsh. She also remembers her friend as determined and outspoken:

  • Veteran EA reporter retires

    Veteran EA reporter retires

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth American reporter Jacqueline Weaver has retired after nearly a decade covering eastern Hancock County. Weaver joined the newspaper in 2008. Her beat covered a geographic area stretching from Lamoine to Steuben. “Jackie brought many skills to The Ellsworth American,” said Arts Editor Letitia Baldwin. “She has an ability to synthesize complex information and

  • Ellsworth Payless shoe store to close

    ELLSWORTH — The Payless shoe store at the Maine Coast Mall is slated for closure after parent company Payless ShoeSource announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Ellsworth location is among nearly 400 “underperforming” Payless stores to be closed, according to an April 4 press release from the Topeka, Kan.-based company. Other Maine

  • Hancock man, always willing to lend a helping hand, needs one

    Hancock man, always willing to lend a helping hand, needs one

    HANCOCK — Aaron Johnson is used to answering calls for help, not making one. The 12-year veteran of the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department doesn’t remember having the seizures that awoke his wife, Ashley, at 2 a.m. Dec. 12, 2016. She does — vividly. “It took seven minutes for the first responder to get there,” she

  • Blizzard hits coastal Maine

    Blizzard hits coastal Maine

    ELLSWORTH – If emergency personnel had one message for coastal Mainers for the start of the work week, it was this: stay home. A blizzard hit the area Sunday evening and by Monday morning, roughly a foot of snow had fallen in Ellsworth. The snow was expected to continue throughout the day Monday. Area schools

  • Storm wallops coastal Maine

    Storm wallops coastal Maine gallery

      ELLSWORTH — Guess the groundhog knows what he’s talking about. A week after Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter, a storm ravaged coastal Maine Thursday afternoon and evening. Upward of 20 inches of snowfall was reported in some areas Downeast. State offices closed at noon on Thursday in anticipation

  • Bereaved parents challenge tax law

    Bereaved parents challenge tax law

    ELLSWORTH — Leeona Warren will always be her parents’ baby. They will never know her as anything else. The 7-pound baby girl nicknamed “LeeLee” died minutes before being born on Aug. 25, 2016. Her death was attributed to lack of oxygen during labor. “Many see the lives of [the] stillborn as never living,” wrote her

  • Fall fun activities abound

    Fall fun activities abound

    ELLSWORTH — Bring on the pumpkin spice everything; fall officially begins Sept. 22. Cooler nights and the occasional patch of red in a sea of green foliage already signal the changing of the seasons. And while a Maine autumn is not quite as busy as a Maine summer, there’s still plenty to do Downeast. First