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]
  • Recognizing the symptoms of coronavirus

    ELLSWORTH — Fever. Cough. Shortness of breath. If you develop these symptoms and you think you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus, you should contact your doctor. Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or bluish lips should seek immediate medical attention, according to information provided on the U.S. Centers for

  • Maine coronavirus  cases reach 42

    Maine coronavirus cases reach 42

    ELLSWORTH — As the number of coronavirus cases rises, state officials are urging Mainers not to panic. “Panic is paralytic,” Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said during his Tuesday morning briefing. “It can cloud your mind and prompt you to focus on things that right now

  • Lamoine recesses Town Meeting until further notice

    Lamoine recesses Town Meeting until further notice

    LAMOINE — The Lamoine Board of Selectmen has found a way to comply with state Town Meeting requirements without a large gathering. On March 15, Governor Janet Mills signed a proclamation declaring a state of civil emergency in Maine. In conjunction, she recommended further social distancing, including canceling gatherings of more than 50 people. In

  • CDC reports increase in number of coronavirus cases

    ELLSWORTH — The number of coronavirus cases in Maine jumped substantially overnight. At a news conference in Augusta Monday morning, March 16, Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control, said the number of confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases had risen from 12 to 17 since the last update, given

  • California family conserving land in Washington County

    California family conserving land in Washington County

    HARRINGTON — A family vacation turned into a conservation project involving 150 acres of forest land in Harrington and Whiting. In July 2018, the Ondich family of Upland, Calif., vacationed in Washington County. Shortly after returning home, they purchased the 150-acre tract with the goal of conserving the property. The following year, when the family

  • Mills declares state of emergency as coronavirus cases rise

    Mills declares state of emergency as coronavirus cases rise

    ELLSWORTH — On Sunday, Governor Janet Mills announced she had signed a civil emergency proclamation in response to the rise in coronavirus cases in Maine. As of Sunday, there were seven confirmed cases in Maine with another five presumed positive. Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said

  • Lamoine Town Meeting set for March 18

    Lamoine Town Meeting set for March 18

    LAMOINE — Two of the 28 articles on the Lamoine Town Meeting warrant are designed to keep the town up to date with state requirements. The Town Meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 18 at the Lamoine Consolidated School. Residents in attendance will be asked whether they wish to adopt the revised town comprehensive

  • Gouldsboro Police log week of March 12

    Gouldsboro Police log week of March 12

    GOULDSBORO — Gouldsboro police received a complaint Feb. 28 from a resident who said photos of her and of other nude teens had been illegally posted on a website. She submitted a statement that will be sent to the Maine State Police Computer Crime lab for processing. Summonses Shannon Stanley, 33, of Tremont was summoned

  • 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,