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.
  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Nov. 23

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Nov. 23

    ELLSWORTH — Scammers were able to steal the identification information on an Orland man’s cell phone and use his number to try to scam people, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. The man contacted police Nov. 16. “It was determined that the individual’s phone number had been ‘ghosted’ by scammers and they were using it

  • Humorist John Hodgman’s “Vacationland” funny, insightful

    Humorist John Hodgman’s “Vacationland” funny, insightful

    ELLSWORTH — One brave man is calling out Maine’s beaches for what they really are: painful. He’s the comedian and writer John Hodgman (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Married,” “The Areas of My Expertise,” “More Information Than You Require” and “That is All”). His latest book, “Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches” (Viking, 2017,

  • Hancock County RCC director resigns

    Hancock County RCC director resigns

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Regional Communications Director Renee Wellman has tendered her resignation. “It’s time for me to move on to new endeavors in the private sector,” said Wellman via email. Her last day will be Dec. 8. “I have worked for the county as the Hancock County Regional Communications Center director for 8 and

  • Blue Hill town treasurer resigns

    Blue Hill town treasurer resigns

    BLUE HILL — Town of Blue Hill Treasurer Jody Murphy resigned effective Nov. 16, Blue Hill Selectman Jim Schatz said Friday. Murphy tendered her resignation letter three days after a hearing involving the Board of Selectmen, Murphy, town attorney Diane O’Connell and Murphy’s attorney, John K. Hamer of the Bangor firm Rudman Winchell. In a

  • Eastbrook accident victim remembered as “bright light”

    ELLSWORTH — A bright light, a free spirit and fun-loving were just a few of the words friends and family used to describe the late Trudy Pickard. Pickard died of injuries suffered in a Nov. 15 motor vehicle accident in Eastbrook. “It is definitely a tragedy,” said Pickard’s one-year older sister, Norma Stone of Portsmouth,

  • Woman dies following Eastbrook crash

    Woman dies following Eastbrook crash

    ELLSWORTH — An Eastbrook woman died Saturday from injuries she sustained in a single-vehicle crash Nov. 15 on Route 200 in front of the Eastbrook Community Center, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The deceased woman, Trudy Pickard, 54, was taken by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center, police reported. She spent three days

  • Staffing increases proposed for Hancock County government

    Staffing increases proposed for Hancock County government

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County government, which provides law enforcement and other services, such as a place to register your property deed, may be expanding in the new year. Department heads have proposed additional staff members, including a patrol deputy, an IT person who would also manage a law enforcement database and more clerical help in

  • No resolution yet in Blue Hill treasurer’s case

    BLUE HILL — Details surrounding Town Treasurer Jody Murphy’s administrative leave remain scant after a hearing held Monday. The Board of Selectmen voted to put Murphy on paid administrative leave Oct. 5. On Monday, the selectmen, including Jim Schatz, Vaughn Leach and Ellen Best, met with the town of Blue Hill’s attorney, Diane O’Connell, as

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Nov. 16

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Nov. 16

    ELLSWORTH — A car and a van collided head-on Nov. 8 on Route 3 in Trenton when one operator was distracted due to texting while driving, police reported. George Taylor, 37, of Bucksport was operating a 2015 Hyundai Accent southbound when he was distracted by his phone, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric McLaughlin said. The

  • Man arrested after running stop sign

    Man arrested after running stop sign

    BLUE HILL — A Blue Hill man was arrested after he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Main Street and Pleasant Street in Blue Hill Nov. 9, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff McFarland reported. “The vehicle went straight through the intersection and struck a curb,” McFarland said. Bradley Lecomte, 29,