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]
  • State pursues legal action against unlicensed vet

    State pursues legal action against unlicensed vet

    MACHIAS — The state of Maine is pursuing legal action against a Machias veterinarian whose license was revoked this fall. In an Oct. 16 decision, the state Board of Veterinary Medicine revoked the license of veterinarian Cynthia Teer, who owns and practices at Machias Animal Hospital. She also was ordered to pay $6,000 in fines.

  • Small Business Saturday a success

    Small Business Saturday a success

    ELLSWORTH — On Small Business Saturday Nov. 30, Peter Lione had to refill the coffee — twice. That hadn’t happened in previous years at the Ellsworth Holiday Marketplace where Lione, creative director for Heart of Ellsworth, is also one of seven vendors. The popularity of the coffee reflected the fast pace of buying and selling

  • Primed and ready

    Primed and ready

    ELLSWORTH — For years, Ryan Bates purchased food from a local farm. When that farm shut down, it left him with an important question. “I wanted to know where my food came from,” he said. To answer that question, he got directly involved, starting Acadia Provisions in December of 2017. The store carries a wide

  • Winter Harbor Police log week of Dec. 5

    Winter Harbor Police log week of Dec. 5

    WINTER HARBOR — Winter Harbor police assisted Gouldsboro in responding Nov. 23 to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near the storage units on Route 1 in Gouldsboro. An allegedly impaired 17-year-old had been behind the wheel. He was taken to Hancock County Jail for intoxilizer tests, summoned on a charge of operating a motor

  • Five vehicles collide on icy roads

    GOULDSBORO — Route 1 in Gouldsboro was closed for several hours Dec. 2 after icy road conditions led to a chain-reaction crash. Gouldsboro Police Chief John Shively said shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, a vehicle operated by Taylor Wood, 23, of Machiasport slid off Route 1 and into a guardrail near the intersection of Chicken

  • Winter Harbor presents Boston Post cane

    Winter Harbor presents Boston Post cane

    WINTER HARBOR — About 30 people gathered at the Winter Harbor town office Nov. 25 to celebrate a milestone. Longtime Winter Harbor resident Weltha Torrey Sargent, 90, was presented with the Boston Post cane, awarded to the oldest living resident in the town. State Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor) made the official presentation. “I

  • Winter Harbor Police log week of Nov. 28

    Winter Harbor Police log week of Nov. 28

    WINTER HARBOR — Police are investigating a case of stolen identity. A Winter Harbor resident reported Oct. 21 that his identity had been used to open a credit card account. Police said the investigation revealed that the man’s ex-girlfriend had opened the account in his name but not activated it. Police advised the man to report