Articles by: David Roza

David Roza

David Roza

David grew up in Washington County, Maryland, has reported in Washington County, Oregon, and now covers news in Hancock County and Washington County, Maine for The American and Out & About.
  • Fire on Main Street quickly contained

    Fire on Main Street quickly contained

    ELLSWORTH — Jeanie McPherson was working in her office at 194 Main St. early Wednesday afternoon when she smelled smoke and saw fire creeping up the white siding of the building next door, 198 Main St. McPherson called 9-1-1 at around 1:30 p.m., and within minutes, firefighters from the Ellsworth, Hancock, Lamoine and Trenton fire

  • What’s next for the Bucksport mill site? Residents weigh in

    What’s next for the Bucksport mill site? Residents weigh in

    BUCKSPORT — For eight hours on Tuesday, Bucksport residents were given a chance to think about the town’s future. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., anyone could walk into the Heart & Soul Building on Main Street to jot down their hopes, fears and questions for how they want the redevelopment of the former Verso

  • Haunted pirate ship takes shape in Penobscot

    Haunted pirate ship takes shape in Penobscot

    PENOBSCOT — Here’s a spooky story for you this Halloween season. Long ago, a sailor named Captain Lanphiere embarked on a life of piracy after he lost his wife and children to plague at sea. Lanphiere roamed the Atlantic Coast, plundering and pillaging wherever he and his band of pirates sailed. But their streak of

  • Bucksport Police Log Week of Oct. 19

    Bucksport Police Log Week of Oct. 19

    BUCKSPORT — Over the course of three hours from Saturday night to Sunday morning, Officers Chris Woodman and Ryan Welch charged five teenagers on various drug and alcohol-related offenses. The first charges occurred after police received a report of domestic violence at 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 14. While investigating the incident, officers encountered a vehicle

  • REACH School students host open house

    REACH School students host open house

    BUCKSPORT — Tucked away near the top of Oak Hill, the REACH School presented itself to the public in an open house on Oct. 11. The 15 middle and high school students at REACH invited friends, neighbors, teachers and other community members to the event, where the students spoke with pride about the qualities that

  • Prepare to get scared at Ghostport

    Prepare to get scared at Ghostport

    BUCKSPORT — Stir your cauldron, rev up your broomstick, call your mummy and mark your calendars, the frightful fall festival known as Ghostport is almost upon us. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 21, all are invited to zombie shuffle or Franken-stomp over to the festivities on Main Street and the waterfront.

  • Bucksport Police Log Week of Oct. 12

    Bucksport Police Log Week of Oct. 12

    BUCKSPORT — Shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, police received a report of an assault taking place at a residence on Route 46. Officer Robert Findlay investigated the incident. As a result of the investigation, Michael Ream, 42, of Bucksport was arrested in Old Town by Old Town police officers on charges of

  • Author to speak about latest teen thriller

    Author to speak about latest teen thriller

    ELLSWORTH — When Gillian French was in sixth grade, she and her friend saw something spooky. For years, they had passed by a dilapidated old house in Searsport with a ‘condemned’ sign in front. For most people, that sign meant danger. But for a kid like French, in love with scary books like “The Ghost

  • Orland Fire Department fundraiser makes good progress

    Orland Fire Department fundraiser makes good progress

    ORLAND — A fundraiser to buy new turnout gear for the Orland Fire Department has made good progress so far, said Fire Chief Bobby Conary. Conary said that since the fundraiser started in September, the department has raised $9,500 out of the $13,000 required to buy a set of replacement gear for the department’s 17

  • Quick action saves Orland home from fire

    Quick action saves Orland home from fire

    ORLAND — Firefighters from the Orland, Penobscot and Bucksport fire departments responded swiftly to a house fire on Back Ridge Road on Sunday night, controlling the blaze before it could cause significant damage to the house. “Relatively speaking, the damage was fairly minor,” said Orland Fire Chief Bobby Conary. “The house is livable as it