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]
  • RSU 24 program ensures no kid goes home hungry

    RSU 24 program ensures no kid goes home hungry

    SULLIVAN — Kids in Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) don’t have to leave school hungry. The district has begun participating in USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, which provides a free a “substantial and nutritionally balanced” afternoon meal to anyone aged 18 or younger. To qualify, just show up, said Linda Mailhot, the

  • Gouldsboro Police log week of Feb. 20

    Gouldsboro Police log week of Feb. 20

    GOULDSBORO — Because of threats made to numerous Maine schools and to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins Jan. 31, police visited local schools while students were boarding buses. Ongoing investigations Police are continuing to investigate a Jan. 25 report of suspected drug activity. Police also are investigating a Jan. 24 incident in which an officer assisted

  • Veterinarian who lost license fined

    MACHIAS — A Machias veterinarian practicing without a license since January 2018 has been found in contempt of court and fined $10,000. At a hearing Jan. 21 at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta, Cynthia Teer was found to be in violation of court orders issued on Aug. 6, 2018, and Dec. 7, 2018. The

  • New superintendent hired in Cherryfield

    New superintendent hired in Cherryfield

    CHERRYFIELD — When Rob Riley saw an ad for a Cherryfield School Department superintendent, he was intrigued. Not only was he interested enough to make the three-hour-and-20-minute trip from his home in Saco for an interview, but also enough to come out of retirement to accept the position. Since he started his duties Jan. 2,

  • Winter Harbor Police: Driver summoned for OAS

    Winter Harbor Police: Driver summoned for OAS

    WINTER HARBOR — Following a traffic stop on Newman Street, police issued a summons to Timothy Garcia, 26, of Steuben on a charge of operating after suspension. Garcia was released after he was able to find a licensed driver to take his vehicle. Escort for the champs Winter Harbor Police and other agencies escorted the Sumner

  • Murder suspect being held without bail

    CALAIS — The man accused of fatally shooting three people and injuring a fourth last week is being held without bail in the Washington County Jail. Thomas Bonfanti, 63, of Northfield, who was represented by attorney Jeffrey Silverstein, made his first court appearance Feb. 5 following the Feb. 3 shooting rampage. Standing in the Calais

  • Community center concept draws support

    Community center concept draws support

    EAST MACHIAS — During a conversation after Thanksgiving dinner, Teresa Maresh and Liz Henry came up with an idea. What if residents, businesses and organizations could come together to create a community center that could engage the area’s youth with arts and crafts, chess, dance and other activities? Thinking such a center might even help

  • Residents, workers invited to document life in Lamoine

    Residents, workers invited to document life in Lamoine

    LAMOINE — Ready, set, shoot! As part of the yearlong celebration of Lamoine’s 150th birthday, residents are being asked to take pictures of themselves, each other and their surroundings on Feb. 11. “We’re going to take them and put them together in a slide show and show it at the birthday party,” said Carol Duffy,

  • Case made for District 7 split

    Case made for District 7 split

    ELLSWORTH — For the past 45 years, no one serving as district attorney for Washington County has actually been a resident of Washington County. Currently, Washington and Hancock counties make up prosecutorial District 7. Since the district was created in the 1970s, the three people who have served as district attorney have lived in Hancock

  • New officer joins Gouldsboro PD

    New officer joins Gouldsboro PD

    GOULDSBORO — The Gouldsboro Police Department started off the new year fully staffed. Adam Brackett began his duties as a full-time police officer Jan. 1 after joining the department in late November as a part-time reserve officer. This brings the department up to its full complement of three officers. Brackett fills Chief John Shively’s former