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]
  • Summit convenes on National Heritage Area proposal

    Summit convenes on National Heritage Area proposal

    WINTER HARBOR — The Sunrise County Economic Council has taken the lead on an initiative to establish the Downeast region as a National Heritage Area. “We’re willing to take on the [leadership] role going forward,” said Charles J. Rudelitch, executive director, at the conclusion of an Oct. 9 Downeast National Heritage Area Summit held at

  • Feeling lucky?

    Feeling lucky?

    STEUBEN — In Steuben, winning the lottery won’t make you rich, but it could secure you a building lot. The town has subdivided an approximately 97-acre tract at the corner of Dyer Bay and Pinkham Bay Bridge roads into 14 lots, 12 of which will be sold through a lottery process. The idea is to

  • Come one, come all

    Come one, come all

    CHERRYFIELD — On Sunday afternoons, the Weald Bethel Community Center has the feel of an old-fashioned family dinner. People gather in the Maine Seacoast Mission’s community center off Route 1 to socialize, taking in the aromas coming from the kitchen. Some sit on upholstered furniture in a setting that resembles a cozy living room. Others

  • Hancock man  completes his Cannonball Run

    Hancock man completes his Cannonball Run

    HANCOCK — Last month, Fred Ashmore arrived in Redondo Beach, Calif., high on adrenaline. Ashmore, 43, was part of a team that had just set a world record in a coast-to-coast race known colloquially as the Cannonball Run. Just 31 hours and 47 minutes earlier, he, his brother Arthur, and friend Travis Hilton left from

  • SPCA seeking foster families for cats

    SPCA seeking foster families for cats

    TRENTON — The SPCA of Hancock County is looking for people to provide foster care for cats. In a foster care situation, the cat or cats stay temporarily in the home of a human caregiver. The shelter provides all supplies including a litter box and litter, a carrier and food, said Nichola Redmond, executive director.

  • Rural kids offered shot at free tuition

    Rural kids offered shot at free tuition

    HARRINGTON — High school students enrolled in a recently implemented college prep program have a good chance of earning a full ride to college. The Maine Seacoast Mission recently announced the establishment of the Davis Maine Scholarship, a full, four-year scholarship for rural, first-generation college students from Washington and eastern Hancock counties. The scholarship is

  • Lamoine considers community center

    Lamoine considers community center

    LAMOINE — Residents have until Nov. 28 to weigh in on whether the town should establish a community center and, if so, what it should be like. The town released a 22-question survey for residents last week, said Paul Howaniec, who chairs the six-member community center committee. The idea of a community center in Lamoine

  • Gouldsboro advised to find a police chief

    Gouldsboro advised to find a police chief

    GOULDSBORO — Gouldsboro officials are considering their options for the future of the town police department. Former Police Chief Tyler Dunbar resigned June 12 from the three-man force. Since then, the town’s remaining full-time officer, John Shively, has been running the department as well as continuing to work on patrol. The department also has a

  • VA names national cemetery in Washington County

    VA names national cemetery in Washington County

    JONESBORO — Another area landmark is taking the name “Acadia.” The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week that the new cemetery now under construction in Jonesboro will be called Acadia National Cemetery. The name was selected because federal law requires Veterans Administration properties, including cemeteries, to be named for the geographical area in

  • New blueberry museum to celebrate Maine’s bicentennial

    New blueberry museum to celebrate Maine’s bicentennial

    COLUMBIA FALLS — As Maine celebrates its bicentennial next year, Marie Emerson wants the festivities to include recognition of what she considers to be Maine’s biggest asset — wild blueberries. To that end, she and her husband, Dell, have created the nonprofit Agricultural Wild Blueberry Heritage Center and Virtual Museum. The museum already has a