Articles by: Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Reporter and columnist at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.
  • Lucerne adopts commercial solar moratorium

    Lucerne adopts commercial solar moratorium

    DEDHAM — About ten residents of Lucerne village approved a Commercial Solar Energy Moratorium Ordinance at a special meeting Tuesday. Code Enforcement Officer Rick Leavitt said the town has been approached about a solar development but has no ordinances for such a project. “We have no ordinances for any regulation for any renewable energies,” Leavitt

  • Saenz appeal denied

    Saenz appeal denied

    ELLSWORTH — Justice Ann Murray Feb. 19 denied convicted murderer Christopher Saenz’s request for a post-conviction review. Saenz was convicted in 2015 of the Christmas Day 2013 murder of his wife, Hilary Saenz, a mother of two. He is serving a 47-year prison sentence. Former state medical examiner Dr. Margaret Greenwald ruled Hilary’s death a

  • Dancing Queen

    Dancing Queen

    ELLSWORTH — If you want to swing your hips, you’ve got to first hear the beat of the music. “The biggest thing is you need to hear the rhythm or the beat,” said Elizabeth Pouwels, a well-known local dance instructor and choreographer, who is partnering with the Down East Family YMCA’s Camp Discovery Director Roman

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Feb. 27

    ELLSWORTH — A Dedham man, 33, called Friday to ask that a Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy check on the well-being of a 67-year-old friend. Deputy Dan Harlan found the man at home and asleep in his bed. “He did not require assistance,” Harlan said. Burglary Deputy Zach Allen is investigating a burglary at a Penobscot

  • Maine State Police week of Feb. 27

    Maine State Police week of Feb. 27

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police charged three motorists with impaired driving during the past week. Two arrests occurred after motor vehicle accidents. Trooper Dana Austin arrested Troy Cleaves, 52, of Hancock on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant after an accident in Hancock Saturday. Troy Palmeter,

  • Bucksport Police week of Feb. 27

    Bucksport Police week of Feb. 27

    BUCKSPORT — Police and emergency personnel were called to help Feb. 20 after a dog bit the face of a 10-year-old boy. Information on the boy’s condition was not available. Child neglect Officer Gerald Lowe took a complaint from a concerned citizen Feb. 17 about a child who may be neglected. Arrests Officer Ernest Fitch

  • Making connections is new Brooklin librarian’s goal

    Making connections is new Brooklin librarian’s goal

    BROOKLIN — Friend Memorial Library, which serves an area full of readers and writers, is in capable hands with new Library Director Ann-Margaret Thomas. Thomas replaces Stephanie Atwater, who has retired. Thomas started Jan. 2. “As librarians, we facilitate things,” Thomas said. “We are public servants. We’re here to do what the population wants.” The

  • Two seeking DI-S School Board seat

    Two seeking DI-S School Board seat

    STONINGTON — Two candidates are vying for a three-year term on the Deer Isle-Stonington School Board for Community School District 13. Polls will be open in Deer Isle on Saturday, March 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Polls will be open in Stonington on Friday, March 13, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Incumbent

  • Coronavirus changes school break plans

    Coronavirus changes school break plans

    BLUE HILL — George Stevens Academy officials are making alternative February break arrangements for eight boarding students from China who will be unable to go home due to travel restrictions prompted by the novel coronavirus. The novel coronavirus, which has infected over 40,000 people worldwide, is a respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, in

  • Bucksport Police Department welcomes new sergeant

    Bucksport Police Department welcomes new sergeant

    BUCKSPORT — The Police Department’s newest sergeant hails from just over the bridge. Bucksport Deputy Police Chief David Winchester has hired Waldo County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Darrin Moody to serve as the Bucksport department’s patrol sergeant effective Feb. 18. A patrol sergeant position opened up in Bucksport after former Bucksport Police Chief Sean Geagan was