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]
  • EHS Show Choir director passes torch to daughter

    EHS Show Choir director passes torch to daughter

    ELLSWORTH — Broadway had its Barrymores and Redgraves, now Ellsworth High School will have its own theater dynasty. Jasmine Ireland, daughter of longtime drama teacher and Show Choir director Rebecca Wright, will be joining the faculty full time and heading up the school’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy. “My mom has created such a legendary

  • Winter Harbor chef turns house into bakery

    Winter Harbor chef turns house into bakery

    WINTER HARBOR — Patrick Gilgallon is completely at home in the kitchen of the Winter Harbor Bakery. Not just because he’s a Cordon Bleu-trained chef with over 40 years of cooking experience, but also because the bakery, which he recently opened is in his house. “I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, and

  • After a tough 2017, blueberry growers face a shaky start

    After a tough 2017, blueberry growers face a shaky start

    ELLSWORTH — Blueberry production and values declined in 2017, and the coming season is not all that promising. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report, total production in 2017 dropped 33 percent from 2016 to 67.8 million pounds. Prices for processed berries declined slightly, from 27 cents per pound to 25 cents. The production

  • Swift response spares SERC from fire damage

    Swift response spares SERC from fire damage

    WINTER HARBOR — The quick response of the Winter Harbor/Gouldsboro Fire Department prevented a potential blaze at a building at the Schoodic Center in Acadia National Park this weekend. A fire alarm in building, known as the Bunkhouse, was triggered at 1:52 a.m. on Sunday July 1. A dozen volunteer firefighters in four fire engines

  • State tobacco sales age raised to 21

    State tobacco sales age raised to 21

    ELLSWORTH — Last year, Maine became the fourth state in the nation to raise the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21, joining Hawaii, California, and Oregon. That law, which includes all tobacco products including electronic cigarettes, went into effect on July 1. Interestingly, there’s a grandfather clause for people who could not possibly be

  • Pocket Parks Campground opens in Gouldsboro

    Pocket Parks Campground opens in Gouldsboro

    GOULDSBORO — The Acadia East Campgrounds are only a couple of minutes walking distance from Route 1, but they seem much farther away. “It feels a lot like Acadia back here, lots of granite,” says Tom Tash, co-founder and CEO of Pocket Parks, which opened its first location in Gouldsboro on June 27. “We were

  • Cat rescue is all about compassion, education

    Cat rescue is all about compassion, education

    SULLIVAN — Not long after Marie Zwicker became an animal control officer in Hancock County, she began fostering a stray cat she had picked up herself. That orange cat, Tigger, is still around 11 years later, and Zwicker continues to help stray and feral cats through her organization Protecting Animals’ Welfare, or P.A.W. “There are

  • Sullivan Town Meeting focuses on budget issues

    Sullivan Town Meeting focuses on budget issues

    SULLIVAN — Town residents approved all 47 warrant articles at Sullivan’s annual Town Meeting, which took place Monday at the Sorrento Sullivan Recreation Center. The meeting was attended by almost 40 residents and moderated by Peter Drinkwater. It dealt mostly with budget issues. Residents approved budget expenditures totaling $940,868 for FY19, representing a 7.65 percent

  • Schoodic Marine Center opens improved facilities

    Schoodic Marine Center opens improved facilities

    WINTER HARBOR — As the summer season goes into high gear, tourists and local and seasonal residents boarding and disembarking from the two ferries and other vessels will find improved and expanded facilities at the Schoodic Marine Center. Located off Sargent Street, at the head of Henry Cove, Schoodic Institute’s marina complex now features a

  • Voters defeat fireworks ban at town meeting

    Voters defeat fireworks ban at town meeting

    GOULDSBORO — Expect to hear booms, crackles and pops at times other than July Fourth and New Year’s Eve with the defeat of a related article at the annual Town Meeting Wednesday evening at the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor. In the 30-article warrant, an article calling for limiting fireworks to strictly those holidays before