Articles by: Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
  • RSU 24 voters back $16.6 million budget

    RSU 24 voters back $16.6 million budget

    SULLIVAN — The proposed Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) budget for the 2018-2019 school year gained initial approval at a district budget meeting May 30. An audience of about 30 people gathered in the gym at Sumner Memorial High School and passed all of the budget articles (the spending plan has a bottom line

  • Itty-Bitty Diner offers good homemade food

    Itty-Bitty Diner offers good homemade food

    HANCOCK — The initial idea for the Itty-Bitty Diner did not come from the proprietor herself, Kathy Kidder. It was her husband, Scott Brown, who first mentioned it to her last year. The space next to No Frills Oil Co. in the log-cabin style building at 1166 U.S. Route 1 in Hancock was vacant after

  • Proposed RSU 24 school budget is up 2.8 percent

    Proposed RSU 24 school budget is up 2.8 percent

    SULLIVAN — The proposed Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) budget for the 2018-2019 school year is up 2.84 percent over the spending plan for the current school year. The 2018-2019 budget has a bottom line of $16,586,096. That is an increase of $458,176 over this year. Local taxpayers will feel less of a hit

  • Lamoine voters approve $2.9M school budget, ordinance changes

    Lamoine voters approve $2.9M school budget, ordinance changes

    LAMOINE — With nary a dissenting vote, just under three dozen voters approved a $2.9-million budget for the coming 2018-2019 school year at a special town meeting May 16. The bottom line of $2,913,696 is up $228,520 (8.5 percent) over the current school year, which ends June 30. Superintendent Katrina Kane said the single biggest

  • Social-service funding requests get scrutiny at Hancock Town Meeting

    HANCOCK — Funding for social services proved to be the only real source of debate for voters here during the town’s annual Town Meeting Tuesday night. In a little over two hours, about 60 voters approved a budget (including education and county government costs) of $4,835,207. Of that, $3.6 million was to fund the Hancock

  • Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor police merger suspended

    Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor police merger suspended

    GOULDSBORO — The Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro police departments have put on ice, for now, the idea of merging into a single combined force. Gouldsboro Police Chief Tyler Dunbar and Winter Harbor Police Chief Danny Mitchell informed Gouldsboro selectmen of that development at the board’s May 3 meeting. The two chiefs began studying the idea

  • Maine banks gain greater market share in region

    Maine banks gain greater market share in region

    A strong overall economy, a roaring stock market and a robust showing by tourism-based businesses were among the factors that made 2017 a good year on the financial front in Maine, according to area bankers. They hope that a continued push for regulatory reform, with a shift away from a one-size-fits-all approach, will make 2018

  • Birdsacre’s damaged paintings brought back to life

    Birdsacre’s damaged paintings brought back to life

    ELLSWORTH — The fire that swept through the homestead at Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary in March of 2014 destroyed many pieces of historical value. Other damage could be fixed but took money and years to do: walls replaced and repainted, stairs and a roof rebuilt, and artifacts removed and then returned. Falling into the last category

  • Fogtown Brewing Co. opens its doors

    Fogtown Brewing Co. opens its doors

    ELLSWORTH — Ian Heyse and Jon Stein had a simple goal when they first started brewing: they “wanted to be able to drink nice beer.” College classmates at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, the friends learned how to home brew in small batches and kept at it in the years after college. That work and