Articles by: Johanna S. Billings

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]
  • Quarry Fest event announces new nonprofit

    Quarry Fest event announces new nonprofit

    SULLIVAN — Sculptor Obadiah Buell will be celebrating his parents’ legacy Saturday, Aug. 17, with an event he’s calling Quarry Fest. Starting at 10 a.m., Quarry Fest will offer games, demonstrations, a bonfire and fireworks to announce the formation of The Granite Art Garden, a nonprofit organization offering an artist-in-residence program, classes and opportunity for

  • Shining a light

    Shining a light

    MILBRIDGE — In July, Anthony Surratt of Milbridge spent a lot of time in his kitchen with a large wooden lighthouse. It had actually stood on a kitchen counter but, by late June, it had been moved to the floor. About 7 feet tall, the tower’s bottom was easier for the local artist to paint

  • UMaine leaders optimistic about future of Machias campus

    UMaine leaders optimistic about future of Machias campus

    MACHIAS — The University of Maine at Machias is a work in progress, its leaders say. In March 2016, amid declining enrollment and increasing financial pressures, University of Maine officials decided to form a “primary partnership” between UMM and the larger University of Maine system. In short, the two institutions would merge resources such as

  • Out of control campfire doused

    Out of control campfire doused

    WINTER HARBOR — The National Park Service is investigating a fire Aug. 6 in the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park. Forest ranger John Cousins said the forest service, firefighters from Winter Harbor and park service rangers responded to the fire, reported at about 5:30 p.m. The fire turned out to be caused by

  • Rural schools struggle to recruit staff

    Rural schools struggle to recruit staff

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series examining the impact of teacher shortages in local schools.   SULLIVAN — It’s summer. While families are enjoying vacations and warm weather, school district administrators are filling teaching positions — or trying to. “It’s a teacher’s market,” said Janet Jordan, human resources manager for Regional

  • Behind the lens

    Behind the lens

    ELLSWORTH — Charlie Hunt made quite an impression on photographer Gerry Monteux. At the time, Monteux had been at Flexit Cafe and Bakery in Ellsworth, one of the many spaces where he exhibits and sells his work. A well-established Maine nature photographer, his images have been acquired by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, among

  • Sorrento town clerk to retire in the fall

    Sorrento town clerk to retire in the fall

    SORRENTO — About 12 years into her career with the Town of Sorrento, Esther Clement’s workspace changed dramatically. She started in 1985 as tax collector, adding town clerk to her titles in 1986. “It wasn’t until 1997 that we had a town office,” said Clement, who is planning to retire after 34 years. “Before that