Articles by: Letitia Baldwin

Letitia Baldwin

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]
  • Funds approved for Lamoine transfer station redesign

    LAMOINE — The town is forging ahead with its long-term plan to cut solid waste costs as a result of the June 24 annual Town Meeting. Voters approved the use of $50,000 to cover engineering costs for the transfer station’s redesign to house a compactor for compressing garbage. That design work will be put out

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of July 9

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of July 9

    WINTER HARBOR — A mulch fire broke out June 16 at a West Oval residence on Grindstone Neck. Police assisted at the scene while the Gouldsboro/Winter Harbor Fire Department put out the fire. The property’s caretaker attributed the fire to accumulated mulch over the years. Burned mulch ash was found below the garden’s surface, Police

  • Sullivan selectmen to address online meeting glitch

    Sullivan selectmen to address online meeting glitch

    SULLIVAN — The Sullivan Board of Selectmen next Monday will revisit its June 8 agenda after discovering that the virtual meeting’s early portion was not conducted in public as required under law due to an error in setting up the videoconferencing platform Zoom. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the board is using the online app to

  • Incredible Edible garden program gets $14K boost

    Incredible Edible garden program gets $14K boost

    MILBRIDGE — Incredible Edible Milbridge, a community garden program that produces and gives away 4,000 to 5,000 pounds of fresh organic produce annually, recently received $14,200 to boost its food production. The funding comes at a time when the Downeast region’s jobless, underemployed and fixed-income residents are grappling with greater food insecurity due to the

  • RSU 24 budget to go before voters on July 14

    RSU 24 budget to go before voters on July 14

    SULLIVAN — Voters will consider Regional School Unit 24’s proposed 2020-21 budget of $17.35 million — up 1.99 percent from last year —in the form of ballot questions at the primary election polls on Tuesday, July 14. Votes can be cast either in person or by absentee ballot. Instead of holding a district meeting, where

  • Gouldsboro battles the clock to finish municipal budget

    GOULDSBORO — The town’s Budget Committee has reconvened to determine if a 2020-21 municipal budget can be drawn up in time for voters’ consideration at this year’s annual Town Meeting. The date for the meeting will be determined by the Board of Selectmen at its next meeting July 9. Meeting at the Prospect Harbor Women’s

  • Shellfish lab proposed on Gouldsboro shore

    Shellfish lab proposed on Gouldsboro shore

    GOULDSBORO — A town-owned parcel on Prospect Harbor’s eastern shore is the proposed site for a small shellfish resilience lab. Baby clams would be raised in ocean-based nursery trays, brought ashore to overwinter in an indoor seawater tank at the facility and used to re-seed local flats come spring. Endorsed by Gouldsboro selectmen last fall,

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of June 18

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of June 18

    WINTER HARBOR — Police responded to a report of an alleged assault and family fight in progress Friday night. Officer Ken Schuurman was able to stabilize the situation and later turned the matter over to Maine State Police upon their arrival at the scene, according to police reports. Lifesaving effort Late Thursday afternoon, Officer Eli

  • Applicant transitions into town manager job

    Applicant transitions into town manager job

    GOULDSBORO — Andrea Sirois, who holds a master’s degree in public administration and brings three years experience working in municipal and state government in Arizona, is training alongside the town’s interim town manager, Eve Wilkinson, in a transitional phase to succeed her. On June 4, Gouldsboro selectmen met via the Zoom online platform and held

  • Late nights and pesky bears: Trapper keeps busy

    Late nights and pesky bears: Trapper keeps busy

    GOULDSBORO — A sleep deficit did not stop Galen Ruhlin from heading out late Sunday night to relocate a 150-pound black bear captured in a culvert trap in Franklin. The creature first had to be tranquilized, tagged and its weight, length, heart rate and temperature recorded by a wildlife biologist before the animal was transported

  • Lamoine budget set for June 24 vote

    Lamoine budget set for June 24 vote

    LAMOINE — Paving and education are the major costs driving up the town’s proposed 2020-21 budget, projected at $4.22 million. That represents a 4.77 percent hike, up from $4.03 million. The budget will be voted on at the annual Town Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, at Lamoine Consolidated School. Town Administrator Stu

  • Great Cranberry Island inspires new books

    Great Cranberry Island inspires new books

    Editor’s note: Living, working and teaching on Maine islands often plants vivid memories and yields formative experiences. Such was the case of former schoolteacher Rae Chalmers and poet Susan Deborah King who recently released books inspired by their time on Great Cranberry Island. CRANBERRY ISLES — Middle school can be a miserable time for many