Articles by: Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]
  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Oct. 15

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Oct. 15

    WINTER HARBOR — Police received a complaint Sept. 17 regarding a potential scam. A Winter Harbor resident claimed he was possibly being scammed by a potential buyer for an item he was selling on Craigslist. Chief Danny Mitchell advised the individual to not have any more contact with the potential scammer and to look for

  • Waltham subdivision popular with out-of-state buyers

    Waltham subdivision popular with out-of-state buyers

    WALTHAM — Out-of-state buyers are snapping up lots in a newly revived subdivision on Graham Lake, according to deed records. The lots are on an approximately 1,000-acre Waltham property that was sold at auction in 2018, according to past reporting in The American. The parcel was among more than 7,000 acres belonging to the estate

  • A touching (but touch-free) ordination ceremony held

    A touching (but touch-free) ordination ceremony held

    GOULDSBORO — The Sept. 13 ordination of Rev. Kim Livingstone at the Corea Baptist Church was historymaking in multiple ways. Not only was Livingstone the first person ever ordained at the church, but the ceremony was held during a pandemic with precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Attendance was limited and the pronouncing minister,

  • Sardine card sales to benefit fuel assistance

    Sardine card sales to benefit fuel assistance

     LAMOINE— As COVID-19 continues to alter the celebratory plans for Lamoine’s 150th birthday, resident Penny Walls is finding creative ways to acknowledge the milestone year while giving back to her community. Using her photography skills, Walls has taken pictures of the colorful sardines that popped up throughout town over the spring and summer as part

  • Turkey shoots aim to support local youth

    Turkey shoots aim to support local youth

    WALTHAM — Scattered showers did not deter the crowd Sunday at this year’s opening turkey shoot hosted by the Waltham Eastbrook Youth Association. The shoot, during which participants of all ages fire at paper targets (not turkeys) and winners of each round receive a frozen turkey provided by Friends and Family Market, will continue to happen

  • Candidates discuss pandemic economy

     ELLSWORTH — With election day less than a month away, voters in House District 136 got the chance to hear from incumbent state Rep. William “Billy Bob” Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor) and Democratic opponent Antonio Blasi in an online forum Tuesday night. Candidates answered questions on topics ranging from COVID-19 to climate change in the virtual meeting

  • Blueberry crop takes a beating

    Blueberry crop takes a beating

    ELLSWORTH— As wild blueberry barrens change from lush green to deep red, growers and processors can reflect on the recent season. This year, the state experienced two weatherrelated extremes: frosts in May and June followed by the statewide drought. As a result, it has been a difficult year for the wild blueberry, with a significantly

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Oct. 1

    WINTER HARBOR — Felicia Warford, 34, of Winter Harbor was arrested on Aug. 19 on a warrant and charges of driving after suspension, giving a false name and date of birth by Officer Ken Schuurman following an investigation earlier that day. She was transported to the Hancock County Jail. On Aug. 22, Llewellyn Dwyer, 37,

  • Runaway pug returns home after three-week escapade

    Runaway pug returns home after three-week escapade

    LAMOINE — Many youngsters — and adults alike — cannot make it through “The Incredible Journey” without shedding a tear or two. The book-turned-movie from the early ’60s chronicles three pets in their trek through the wilderness as they make their way back home after accidentally getting separated from their owners. Leisa and Wade Welch

  • Measuring happiness amid a pandemic, protests and times of change

    Measuring happiness amid a pandemic, protests and times of change

    BROOKLIN — The World Happiness Report, an annual study that, according to the report’s website, “ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be,” was published this past March, just in time to coincide with a global pandemic. Flash forward a few months, and in addition to reeling from the coronavirus outbreak,

  • Using mindfulness to cope with change

    Using mindfulness to cope with change

    ELLSWORTH — With the state’s stay-at-home restrictions easing and businesses beginning to reopen, many Mainers may face feelings of anxiety associated with returning to the workforce and to a new normal. Using mindfulness techniques could ease this burden. The practice of mindfulness is “bringing your attention to the present moment in a nonjudgmental way, with

  • Census response lags in Hancock, Washington counties

    ELLSWORTH — Just 28.6 percent of Hancock County households have responded to the 2020 U.S. Census, compared to about 44 percent of households in Maine and more than 53 percent nationwide. In Hancock County, tiny Amherst had the highest percentage of households — 46.2 — reporting as of Tuesday morning, according to 2020census.gov. The response