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.
  • Proposed county budget up 5 percent

    Proposed county budget up 5 percent

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Commissioners Tuesday voted unanimously in support of a draft county budget for 2020 that contains a near 5 percent increase. Total expenditures proposed are $8,471,521, according to County Administrator Scott Adkins. That’s an increase of $285,614 over the current budget. The board is holding a public hearing on the proposed

  • In Bucksport, nine vie for three seats

    In Bucksport, nine vie for three seats

    BUCKSPORT — Community spirit is alive in Bucksport if the upcoming race to fill three Town Council seats is any indication. Nine candidates will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. Six residents are competing to fill two three-year terms on the board. The terms of councilors Paul Gauvin and Robert Carmichael Jr. expire in January.

  • Kee honored for service to Bucksport

    Kee honored for service to Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — Former town councilor David Kee was honored at the Sept. 12 Town Council meeting for his 10 years of service on the board. Kee announced his retirement in July, one year into his three-year term. “It was time,” Kee said during an interview last week. “I’m going to be 80 years old.” The

  • Ellsworth woman dies in Howland crash

    Ellsworth woman dies in Howland crash

    ELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth woman was one of two people who died in a crash involving a single pickup truck on Interstate 95 in Howland Monday, Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said. Jacqueline Gordon was 66. Also deceased is the driver, Michael Dentico, 63, of Arundel, McCausland said. Dentico died at the scene. A

  • Blooming beautiful

    Blooming beautiful

    STEUBEN — A flower gardener who delivers surprise bouquets free of charge to shops and events around town almost sounds like the beginning of a romance novel. But, “flower bombing” as she calls it, is a regular activity for estate gardener Christina Ganz. Ganz operates Kvetina Gardens and Wildscaping at the Steuben home she shares

  • Town administrator hired in Blue Hill

    Town administrator hired in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — The Board of Selectmen Sept. 11 voted unanimously to hire Blue Hill resident Shawna Ambrose to serve as town administrator. Ambrose has been Blue Hill’s deputy town clerk for the past year. “When this position came up I thought I should apply,” Ambrose said. “I’m invested in the town. My family’s here.

  • Maine State Police log week of Sept. 19

    Maine State Police log week of Sept. 19

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police arrested one allegedly impaired motorist over the weekend. Trooper Caleb McGary charged Jeffrey Ashey, 52, of Orland with one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant after responding to a traffic complaint in Castine Sunday. Trooper Owen Reed assisted. More arrests McGary arrested

  • Bucksport Police log week of Sept. 19

    Bucksport Police log week of Sept. 19

    BUCKSPORT — Officer Robert Findlay is investigating a case of fraud that was reported Sept. 10. A local woman paid a contractor to do a job and nothing has been done, police said. Arrests Officer Ernest Fitch arrested Christopher Rigiero, 24, of Bucksport on a charge of disorderly conduct Friday. Officer Matt Schmidt arrested Rebecca

  • Maine State Police Washington County log week of Sept. 19

    Maine State Police Washington County log week of Sept. 19

    MACHIAS — The Maine State Police are investigating thefts of a truck and a boat, which were reported missing from Jonesboro and Perry. Trooper Kim Sawyer is investigating a theft of an orange, “mint-condition” 1991 Chevrolet Stepside truck from a Perry residence, which occurred during the past week. There are no suspects. Trooper Keith York

  • “Dump Garden” flourishing in third season

    “Dump Garden” flourishing in third season

    STONINGTON — The lovingly nicknamed “Dump Garden,” a project of Ready by 21 Mentoring, is having success in its third growing season. Ready by 21 Mentoring is a privately funded organization that helps island students prepare for life after high school. The Garden Project features a greenhouse, multiple beds of vegetables and flowers and a

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Sept. 12

    Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Sept. 12

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle head-on collision that injured three on Route 1 in Orland early Saturday morning. Orland Fire Chief Bob Conary said the drivers and a passenger had to be extricated from the car and van. Meanwhile, “due to the complexity of the crash,” the Fire Department