Articles by: Jack Dodson

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson has worked for The Ellsworth American since 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.
  • Birders brave sub-zero temperatures for national count

    GOULDSBORO — Jan. 1 marked one of the coldest New Year’s Days on record in Maine. But about 30 minutes before sunrise, as the temperature hovered below zero, 20 bird watchers scattered across the Schoodic Peninsula from parts of Hancock to Corea. The holiday marked a Schoodic tradition: the Christmas Bird Count, which happens to

  • Murder trial set to move forward

    Murder trial set to move forward

    MACHIAS — Following months of waiting, the case against Quaneysha Greeley and Carine Reeves — both indicted and charged with killing Sally Shaw in July — is set to move forward in the coming weeks. On Jan. 23, the judge will hold a telephone update with Greeley and her lawyers. One of the issues they’ll

  • Gouldsboro Planning Board discusses Point Francis cutting

    GOULDSBORO — Planning Board members met Tuesday to discuss four possible violations related to tree cutting on a Corea property. Maine Forest Service (MFS) staff attended the meeting to answer questions about how the enforcement of shoreline cutting rules should work. Board members decided they wouldn’t take any action on the issue until Maine Forest

  • Otis animals taken in from the cold

    OTIS — During last week’s deep freeze, multiple animals were taken from a property in Otis by state officials. Liam Hughes, director of the state’s animal welfare program, said he couldn’t talk about ongoing cases. He said the property owner had been in the hospital, prompting officials to check on the animals. “The humane agent

  • Machias Savings Bank donates up to $10K to Milbridge Commons project

    Machias Savings Bank donates up to $10K to Milbridge Commons project

    MILBRIDGE — Machias Savings Bank has pledged up to $10,000 in matching funds for the Milbridge Commons project, an upcoming large public park that will focus on community gardening and natural resources. The Women’s Health Resource Library (WHRL), a Milbridge nonprofit, has been supported by Machias Savings Bank for 10 to 12 years, according to

  • Women’s March events to be held for second year

    GOULDSBORO — Going into the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency, activists across Maine — and across the country — are organizing for a renewed and focused purpose: getting women into positions of political power. Marking the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, organizers of last year’s Women’s March are hosting marches this year under the

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Jan. 18

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Jan. 18

    WINTER HARBOR — Police were called Jan. 11 for a burglar alarm at a residence on Deep Cove Road, but found no evidence of a break-in. The case was determined to be a false alarm, a police report said. Drug court compliance check The Hancock County Drug Court asked police to assist with a bail

  • On-the-job training offered through EMDC

    ELLSWORTH — Mainers who have been laid off from work in Hancock, Piscataquis and Penobscot counties are eligible for a program that will pay a portion of their salary as they are trained in a new industry. According to a press release, On the Job Training is a program offered by Eastern Maine Development Corp.

  • Ellsworth couple carve out a life

    Ellsworth couple carve out a life

    ELLSWORTH — Deirdre McGrath and Aaron Margolis landed in Hancock County by accident. They knew they wanted to live on the Atlantic Coast. But that could be any number of places. Route 1, which passes through Ellsworth on its way from Fort Kent to Key West, Fla., stretches 2,369 miles. Not too far from the