Articles by: Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]
  • Summer sports programs delayed at five Hancock County high schools

    Summer sports programs delayed at five Hancock County high schools

    ELLSWORTH — Athletes at five of Hancock County’s six high schools must wait until at least early August to resume team activities after a decision by Hancock County school superintendents to suspend summer programs through the end of July. Under Maine Principals’ Association guidelines, Maine high schools were eligible to begin certain offseason workouts last

  • Bucksport Road storage unit facility approved

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Planning Board approved one major use site development in a meeting last Wednesday and is nearing the goal line on another. Development plans have been approved for a new storage facility to be built at 314 Bucksport Road. The board came close to doing the same for an apartment project that

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of July 2

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of July 2

    ELLSWORTH — Officers were alerted last week to an abandoned shopping cart that was reportedly on fire in the middle of a local road. No other information was provided as to the specifics or location of the incident, which took place June 25. The matter remains under investigation. Arrests Melissa Giuliana, 26, of Ellsworth was

  • New Ellsworth tattoo shop flourishing as work resumes

    New Ellsworth tattoo shop flourishing as work resumes

    ELLSWORTH — In his brief time as a business owner, Rob Sibley has already had a wild ride. It’s been just over five months since Sibley, owner of Disconnected Tattoo and Art Co., first opened his business on Ellsworth’s Main Street. Since then, he’s relocated and been forced to cease operations as a result of

  • With precautions in place, campers celebrate summer

    With precautions in place, campers celebrate summer

    EASTBROOK — This still feels like a summer camp should. As the Down East Family YMCA’s Camp Discovery began its second week of 2020 summer camp Monday, the scene was, to an extent, pretty normal. With warm weather and plenty of sunshine, campers climbed atop platforms and inflatables in the water and engaged in small-group

  • Newly created fields have Acadia Fire back in business

    Newly created fields have Acadia Fire back in business

    LAMOINE — Thanks to some outside-the-box thinking, Acadia Fire Soccer Academy is back in business. After losing its spring season to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Acadia Fire has returned to action via a nontraditional summer session that began June 3. Unable to play at its indoor facility, the club has found a viable alternative just

  • Higgins retires after 46 years of teaching at EHS

    Higgins retires after 46 years of teaching at EHS

    ELLSWORTH — The exit could hardly have been more subtle. In the afternoon hours March 16, the day that would be the last of in-school instruction at Ellsworth High School ahead of the transition to remote learning, many at the school were preparing for what at the time had been announced as merely a two-week

  • Ellsworth Little League cancels 2020 season

    Ellsworth Little League cancels 2020 season

    ELLSWORTH — Long a feature of the city’s summer sports scene, Little League baseball and softball won’t be played in Ellsworth in 2020. Ellsworth Little League announced last Thursday that it will be canceling the season in its entirety as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The decision came as many other leagues both

  • Clifford named Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School K-4 principal

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School has found its next principal, and the name is one that will be familiar to many. April Clifford was announced last week as the school’s newest K-4 principal. The Ellsworth School Department technology director will take over July 1 for outgoing principal Cathy Lewis, who is retiring. A graduate of