Articles by: Jack Dodson

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson began working for The Ellsworth American in mid-2017, and covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties. He grew up in the Mid-coast region before living in New York City for five years, where he freelanced in documentary filmmaking and journalism. He is particularly interested in criminal justice, environment and immigration reporting.
  • Linguist tracks forebearers to The Azores

    Linguist tracks forebearers to The Azores

    SURRY — She grabbed a shawl and said to follow her down the street. Approaching the last house on the right, she called out, “Maria da Luz, Maria da Luz!” Maria stuck her head out of the front door and listened while the neighbor asked if she knew anyone related to Manoel Francisco Ramos.  Speaking

  • Drawn-out court cases can create hurdles for the disadvantaged

    Drawn-out court cases can create hurdles for the disadvantaged

    ELLSWORTH — Two years ago, Mark Green, the director of Downeast Community Partners, got a call from the Hancock County Jail. One of his employees, a young woman with an elementary school-aged son, had been arrested in her home for an unpaid fine. As a result of a long-running court case, she had trouble keeping

  • Lawyers, experts and amateurs navigate a complex relationship

    Lawyers, experts and amateurs navigate a complex relationship

    LAMOINE — An Appeals Board meeting opened on March 28 with John Holt’s 30-minute testimony about water sources. The board was hearing testimony on whether to allow Harold MacQuinn Inc.’s plan for a 110-acre gravel pit alongside Douglas Highway to move forward. Holt has served on his town’s Planning Board for 10 years but was

  • Hancock receives U.S. grant  to clean up tannery site

    Hancock receives U.S. grant to clean up tannery site

    HANCOCK — The former site of the Hancock Ellsworth Tannery will be cleaned up, thanks to support from a federal grant program that aims to improve the environment in communities around the country. Hancock was one of 10 municipalities in Maine that received funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Grant program. The government granted

  • Newly licensed drivers facing many challenges

    Newly licensed drivers facing many challenges

    They take the wheel in the parking lot. They take their time buckling up, adjusting the mirrors, finding the brakes and getting reacquainted with the car. When Danny King climbs into the passenger seat, the state-licensed driver’s education teacher makes sure his student has a chance to warm up before getting onto the road. Like

  • Citizens OK Sumner site for the new high school

    Citizens OK Sumner site for the new high school

    SULLIVAN — In a unanimous straw poll vote Tuesday night, 23 community members from Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) approved the current site of Sumner Memorial High School as the site of a new high school that the state is funding for the district. The vote followed a lengthy presentation by Lyndon Keck, a

  • Vegas bunnies are coming to Lamoine

    Vegas bunnies are coming to Lamoine

    LAMOINE — There are too many bunnies roaming the streets of Las Vegas. As a result, that city’s animal advocates decided they would find a group that could look after the furry mammals with big ears. After a search, including social media scouting, Las Vegas groups contacted the Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Sanctuary in Lamoine to

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of May 3

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of May 3

    WINTER HARBOR — On April 18, police assisted with a domestic complaint in Gouldsboro that resulted in the arrest of Susan Ruffner, 49, of Gouldsboro. Ruffner was taken into custody by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and charged with domestic terrorizing and violating bail conditions. Possible stalking case A local woman told police on April

  • Open Door uses donations to expand staff, programs

    Open Door uses donations to expand staff, programs

    ELLSWORTH — Rosamond McLean has seen a lot of men — many of them lobstermen and clammers — who will scoff at the idea of spirituality. In her work as a substance abuse counselor at Open Door Recovery Center, she said some men can be reluctant to get in touch with their emotional lives because