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]
  • Hancock antique shop under new ownership

    Hancock antique shop under new ownership

    HANCOCK — It all started when Mary Flaum’s brother asked her if she wanted to look at property for sale. “We looked at everything and then he said do you want to run an antique store?” said Flaum, a Winter Harbor resident who now co-owns Orchid Bay Treasures with her sister, Susan Webber of Gouldsboro.

  • August weather has been good for blueberries

    August weather has been good for blueberries

    JONESBORO — This year’s wild blueberry crop got a boost from the weather in August. David Yarborough, emeritus wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine, said the predicted yield is up from forecasts earlier in the season, thanks in part to cooler temperatures and thunderstorms in August. Earlier this season, the predictions stood at

  • Downeast Correctional Facility project moving forward

    Downeast Correctional Facility project moving forward

    MACHIASPORT — The eventual reopening of the Downeast Correctional Facility will come with a bonus. “The local neighbors are going to have an upgraded water system,” said Gary LaPlante, director of operations for the Maine Department of Corrections. Before the prison opened in 1985, the site served as the Bucks Harbor Air Force Station. During

  • USDA denies application for aid for blueberry growers

    USDA denies application for aid for blueberry growers

    CHERRYFIELD — Maine agriculture officials say they are disappointed in a federal decision to exclude wild blueberries from a program that would provide direct payments to struggling growers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture denied an application from the Maine Department of Agriculture and Forestry to include wild blueberries in the Market Facilitation Program which, according

  • Winter Harbor Police log week of Aug. 22

    Winter Harbor Police log week of Aug. 22

    Warnings issued in festival fracas WINTER HARBOR — A report of a possible fight brought officers from both Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro police departments to the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival Aug. 10. A bystander told police two women had been yelling at each other on the Winter Harbor docks. One of them was reportedly trying

  • Gouldsboro Police

    Gouldsboro Police

    GOULDSBORO — A report of a fight in progress brought police to South Gouldsboro Road Aug. 2. As a result, Michael Daniel, 28, of Gouldsboro, was charged with disorderly conduct. Ongoing investigations Police are investigating a report of a bad check. A resident told police Aug. 8 the check had come from someone renting one

  • 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