Articles by: Maxwell Hauptman

Maxwell Hauptman

Maxwell Hauptman

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Maxwell Hauptman has been reporting for The Ellsworth American since 2018. He covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties and welcomes story tips and ideas. He can be reached at [email protected]
  • New fire station proposal discussed in Hancock

    New fire station proposal discussed in Hancock

    HANCOCK — The Hancock Volunteer Fire Department dates back to 1957. One of its fire stations is just as old. On Feb. 12, department representatives met with members of the town’s Board of Selectmen and an architecture firm for the first time to consider the possibility of constructing a new fire station. “The current building

  • Washington County sues opioid makers

    Washington County sues opioid makers

    MACHIAS — Washington County, which had the highest death rate for opioid overdoses of any county in Maine in 2016, is taking legal action. The county has joined a growing list of Maine municipalities suing pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and distribute opioids. The Washington County lawsuit, filed Jan. 10, argues that those companies continued to

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Feb. 21

    WINTER HARBOR — On Feb. 13, police assisted Gouldsboro Police with a suspicious motor vehicle complaint on the Paul Bunyan Road in Gouldsboro. The vehicle was located and two men were found gathering periwinkles in front of private property. Both of them were warned for trespassing. Alarm calls On Feb. 14, police responded to an

  • Sex ed discussion draws parent complaints

    Sex ed discussion draws parent complaints

    GOULDSBORO — What began as Friday science class at the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor resulted in a sex-ed discussion that many parents felt was inappropriate for their children. The class discussions Feb. 1 prompted numerous parents to contact the school with their concerns. The science teacher is no longer with the school. The Peninsula

  • Institute to host live owls, talk, walk and more

    Institute to host live owls, talk, walk and more

    WINTER HARBOR — Visiting Ellsworth’s Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the first things you might notice is the large barred owl perched in an enclosure’s corner, and how it follows your movement with its large, black eyes. As you move around the aviary, the owl’s head swivels too. “That robotic way they turn their heads.

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    WINTER HARBOR — On Jan. 26, police conducted a traffic stop on South Gouldsboro Road for a vehicle with expired registration. During the course of the stop the driver, Nathaniel Eaton, 25, of Blue Hill, informed the officer that he was on bail. The officer ran his name and found two warrants for his arrest.

  • RSU 24 schools receive anonymous donations

    RSU 24 schools receive anonymous donations

    SULLIVAN — Two Hancock County schools recently received anonymous donations that will go toward benefiting student needs. The donations, to Cave Hill School in Eastbrook and the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor, totaled $10,000. The Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board approved the gifts at its Feb. 5 meeting. “The Peninsula School had a

  • Gouldsboro Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    Gouldsboro Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    GOULDSBORO — On Feb. 7, police responded to a crash at the intersection of Route 1 and the Pond Road. Police said Heidi Doane of Bangor was driving north on Route 1 in a 2016 Jeep Wrangler when she was struck from behind by Melissa Hunt of Bar Harbor, who was driving a 2012 Mazda

  • Park service replacing utility line in Acadia

    BAR HARBOR — The National Park Service is set to begin replacing an overhead utility line in the Schoodic Section of Acadia National Park. Work was scheduled to begin on Feb. 11, with the first phase consisting of removing overgrown vegetation encroaching on the current lines while construction and design documents are being developed. According

  • New life for a 117-year-old church

    New life for a 117-year-old church

    GOULDSBORO — The grandparents and great-grandparents of some of today’s congregants helped build the Birch Harbor Baptist Church back in 1902. Now, Pastor Bill Thomas says, 117 years later, members of a few of these same families are helping complete much needed renovations. “It was such a dark space before,” Thomas said. “It was definitely