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]
  • Get spooked

    Get spooked

    ELLSWORTH — If you’re looking for something scarier than costume parties and rooms full of mechanical monsters, you might want to try visiting local places that some say are actually haunted. Chief among them is Route 182, which takes motorists through Township 10 between Franklin and Cherryfield. Some have claimed to see a woman walking

  • Festival kicks off new collaborative effort

    Festival kicks off new collaborative effort

    MILBRIDGE — In January, Wendy Harrington thought it would be helpful for the area’s social service agencies to share their calendars with one another. Harrington, who serves as director of service programs for the Maine Seacoast Mission, organized a meeting the following month for the leaders of area organizations to explore the idea as a

  • City residents voice frustration about roads

    City residents voice frustration about roads

    ELLSWORTH — The city’s Local Roads Committee will meet again in November in an effort to formulate its recommendations for roadwork to be done in the next two years. In the meantime, residents who want to see improvements on the roads they use the most should bring their concerns to the Planning Board and City

  • Gouldsboro Police log week of Oct. 24

    Gouldsboro Police log week of Oct. 24

    GOULDSBORO — Police attended to issues related to the wind and rain storm Oct. 17. In the morning, police assisted the Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro fire departments with diverting traffic so that downed trees could be removed from roadways. Winter Harbor police also assisted. Shortly before 1 p.m. the same day, police responded to a

  • Winter Harbor Police log week of Oct. 24

    Winter Harbor Police log week of Oct. 24

    WINTER HARBOR — Police summoned Joseph Otero Rivera, 20, of Puerto Rico on a charge of driving without a license Oct. 11. Suspicious activity Police were called Oct. 8 to Sargeant Road to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Trespassing complaints The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office requested police assistance in locating a Winter Harbor resident

  • Sumner project takes shape

    Sumner project takes shape

    SULLIVAN — Details, details. Officials in Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) are hammering out the specifics of plans for the new high school/middle school that will replace Sumner Memorial High School. When it comes to designing a new school, details such as storage space and placement of equipment can be as important as the

  • 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