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.
  • Former Surry selectman always got the job done

    Former Surry selectman always got the job done

    SURRY — Longtime former selectman and road commissioner Wilbur Saunders passed away May 21. He was 87. Saunders was the only child of Ellis and Ethel Saunders, but he and his late wife, Marjorie, had five children themselves, as well as 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. “Wilbur worked tirelessly for the best interests of

  • Fire claims Toddy Pond camp Saturday

    Fire claims Toddy Pond camp Saturday

    SURRY — Fire of unknown origin claimed a Carter Cove Lane camp on Toddy Pond Saturday. Fire Chief Richard Black said crews were called out around 12:30 p.m. and were still putting out hot spots three hours later. No one was at the camp when the fire broke out, Black said. Several boaters and motorists

  • Bucksport Police Log Week of May 21

    Bucksport Police Log Week of May 21

    BUCKSPORT — A police pursuit ended with an overturned vehicle after a motorist refused to stop for an officer on Route 1 Friday, according to police. Deputy Police Chief David Winchester said Officer Chris Woodman tried to stop the vehicle after seeing it leave a Route 1 business and drive over a curb. Woodman had

  • Shooting practice sparks fire

    Shooting practice sparks fire

    PENOBSCOT — Shooting practice in a gravel pit just west of Wight’s Pond Thursday afternoon sparked a fire that ultimately claimed two acres of forest, according to Penobscot Fire Chief Scott Ferden. “It appears some people were up in the old gravel pit shooting rifles and somehow it started a fire,” Ferden said. “It didn’t

  • Potato project to help fight hunger on Blue Hill Peninsula

    Potato project to help fight hunger on Blue Hill Peninsula

    BLUE HILL — Thanks to a surplus of seed potatoes in Aroostook County, a thoughtful Deer Isle gardener, Quill’s End Farm in Penobscot, Blue Hill Heritage Trust and a host of other groups, potatoes should be plentiful this upcoming fall for local food pantries. “The seed potatoes are free to anyone wanting to help and

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of May 21

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of May 21

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s Lt. Corey Bagley arrested two people after getting a call May 14 from Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital reporting a domestic violence assault victim in the emergency room with “severe injuries.” “As a result of the investigation, 18-year-old Violet Brown and 40-year-old Paul Brown, both of Hancock, were arrested and

  • Herbalist offers teas to sooth the soul

    DEER ISLE — What the world needs now is love, sweet love, to quote Burt Bacharach. Love and a cup of hibiscus or linden flower infusion or perhaps a cooling glass of cucumber and lemon balm water. The drinks are the suggestions of Deer Isle herbalist Brighid Doherty, who founded the Solidago School of Herbalism

  • Courts ponder how to safely reopen

    ELLSWORTH — If everyone is wearing masks in a jury trial, how do jurors judge the credibility of victims and others testifying? That issue was just one of scores of COVID-19-related problems raised on May 14 during a virtual session of a newly created stakeholders’ group for the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Honorable

  • Maine State Police Log Week of May 21

    Maine State Police Log Week of May 21

    ELLSWORTH — A traffic stop for speeding 99 miles per hour in a 60-mph zone on Route 1A in Dedham May 11 led to multiple charges for the motorist, the Maine State Police reported. Sgt. Tim Varney charged Patrick Mullen, 50, of East Machias with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an