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.
  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of March 29

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of March 29

    WINTER HARBOR — On March 21, police responded to a complaint from a resident who had been the victim of fraud. The woman told police she received a phone call from an unknown person saying that her computer had a virus. The caller told her the computer could be fixed for a fee. Police told

  • Sullivan aims to become more senior-friendly

    Sullivan aims to become more senior-friendly

    SULLIVAN — Myra Hornberger’s husband used to play cribbage once a week with a neighbor. But when that person passed away, he didn’t have anyone to play cribbage with anymore. “All of the sudden, there was a gap,” Hornberger said. “Those are the gaps that people don’t talk about, but that happens to seniors.” Hornberger

  • Gouldsboro names new town manager

    Gouldsboro names new town manager

    GOULDSBORO — Town officials have picked Sherri Cox as the new town manager to replace Bryan Kaenrath, who took a job in New Hampshire earlier this month. Originally from Harrington, Cox has lived in Prospect Harbor for six years. About a month ago, she became the office supervisor for Gouldsboro. She put in an application

  • Artist, musician honored for enriching cultural scene

    Artist, musician honored for enriching cultural scene

    WINTER HARBOR — It took artist Wendilee Heath O’Brien five years to learn how to draw. Art is “hard work,” she said, but it’s incredibly gratifying, as well. The Main Street resident, whose gallery’s name “whopaints” begins with her initials, says people are especially difficult to capture. They move around and one tiny mistake can

  • Dunlap offers unflattering account of Trump’s voter fraud commission

    Dunlap offers unflattering account of Trump’s voter fraud commission

    ELLSWORTH — The first time — and nearly every time thereafter — that Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap mentioned Kris Kobach’s name during his address to the Hancock County Democratic Committee last Thursday, audience members hissed. Kobach, the secretary of state in Kansas, who is unsympathetic to immigration, has become a leading voice calling

  • Marckoon marks 25 years  in Lamoine town office

    Marckoon marks 25 years in Lamoine town office

    LAMOINE — If town officials needed their deputy town clerk, deputy tax collector, town treasurer, deputy fire chief and road commissioner at the same time, they’d have to call only one person: Stu Marckoon. His primary title is administrative assistant to the Board of Selectmen, but Marckoon holds nine titles for the town of Lamoine.

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of March 14

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of March 14

    WINTER HARBOR — Police issued a few traffic tickets in late February and early March. On March 3, Jacob H. Shorey, 18, of Franklin was ticketed for speeding on Newman Street. He was traveling 58 miles per hour in a 35 mile-per-hour zone. On Feb. 22, Jason P. Hillman, 47, of Harpswell was ticketed for

  • Gouldsboro Police Log Week of March 14

    Gouldsboro Police Log Week of March 14

    GOULDSBORO — On Feb. 27, Curtis Knudsen, 26, of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. On Feb. 28, Benjamin Holmes, 25, of Gouldsboro was ticketed for failing to display a valid certificate of inspection on Route 1. Well-being check An officer conducted a well-being check on Nahum

  • Lamoine OKs all items during town meeting

    LAMOINE — Town residents approved a $994,603 municipal budget swiftly on March 7, green-lighting the purchase of a new fire truck. The total expenditures will be offset by a $659,550 revenue budget. The net burden for taxpayers will be about $335,000. The revenue will be generated for the town through road funding, recreation fees, code

  • RSU 24 Board approves report, potential purchases

    RSU 24 Board approves report, potential purchases

    SULLIVAN — Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board members approved a 170-page educational specifications report during their regular meeting on Tuesday that outlines community input on a new high school, as well as a vision for the potential building put together by the district’s architect. That report was being driven to Augusta on Wednesday

  • Maine Forest Service moves forward in enforcing shoreland rules without Gouldsboro

    GOULDSBORO — The Maine Forest Service is moving forward without the involvement of town officials in handling a case of possible shoreland tree-cutting violations. Forester Jim Ecker met with Gouldsboro’s Planning Board Tuesday night and explained that his team would be entering into a consent decree with Hancock-based lumberer George Moon, leaving the town out