Articles by: Staff


  • Let’s try a third way

    Dear Editor: During the public comment portion of the Hancock County Commissioners’ meeting on Feb. 2, it was very clear that many people were upset about Sheriff Kane’s decision last June to cancel the contract with Healthy Acadia that provided recovery coaching to those in the Hancock County Jail in need of such services. Although

  • Hancock County Court

    Hancock County Court

    The following cases were adjudicated, reviewed or continued in Hancock County Court, according to official records: Gerald C. Knorr, 60, Albany, N.Y. Three counts disorderly conduct at Ellsworth, Aug. 18, 2019. Dismissed. Criminal mischief at Ellsworth, Aug. 18, 1999. Dismissed. Criminal threatening at Ellsworth, Aug. 18, 1999. Dismissed. Terrorizing at Ellsworth, Aug. 18, 1999. Dismissed.

  • Real Estate Transfers Week of Nov. 12

    BAR HARBOR Lloyd L. Poland, Oxford, to Alison F. Judson and Hilary H. Hudson, Southwest Harbor, as joint tenants, land with buildings and improvements.  Connie Lynn Gowell, Hulls Cove, to Edward J. Kinsey and Kristi L. Kinsey, Bar Harbor, as joint tenants, land with buildings.  Laurie A. West Family Trust, Bar Harbor, to Jefferson C.

  • Washington County fires lead to murder, arson charges

    ELLSWORTH — A Robbinston man has been charged with depraved indifference murder in connection with a fatal Oct. 7 fire in Robbinston. Charles “Chip” Townsend, 32, was arrested last week on charges of arson and depraved indifference murder following the investigation into the fire that claimed the life of 66-year-old Wayne Morrill.  Morrill’s body was

  • All noise, no substance

    High on the list of things we are grateful for this Thanksgiving is the end of the constant, intrusive, frequently cringe-worthy barrage of campaign advertising we Mainers have been subjected to in recent weeks. No mailbox, television, radio, phone, web browser or roadside has been safe from the onslaught. Too often the messaging seems designed

  • The other epidemic

    From January to June, 258 Mainers died because of a drug overdose.  In the first quarter of 2020 there were 127 overdose deaths in Maine, a 23 percent increase from the last quarter of 2019. Maine’s attorney general announced that in the second quarter 132 deaths were caused by drugs — a 4 percent increase

  • Real Estate Transfers Week of Nov. 5

    BAR HARBOR Tidewater Properties, LLC, Bar Harbor to Spencer B. Fulweiler Jr., Danville, Calif., land with improvements. Russell M. Snyder, Bar Harbor to the Estate of Edward F. Snyder, Amherst, Mass., land with improvements.  Estate of Edward F. Snyder to William F. Snyder, Amherst, Mass., Russell M Snyder, Bar Harbor, Marjorie B. Snyder, Hampden, and

  • Towns opt in on pot

    Towns opt in on pot

    By Rebecca Alley and Sarah Hinckley ELLSWORTH — Four years after the state voted to legalize adult-use of recreational marijuana, Surry and Southwest Harbor have voted to allow retail marijuana businesses to operate in their towns. The two municipalities are the first in Hancock County to do so.  The tight vote in Surry came down

  • UMaine establishes aquaculture station

    ORONO — Over the past decade, Maine has seen 2.2 percent annual growth in aquaculture, which has had an overall economic impact of $140 million annually. Tackling the growing challenges for the sector — from emerging finfish and shellfish diseases to the effects of climate change — is the impetus behind a new partnership. The

  • Downeast Business Boot Camp Pitch-off

    Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI), the Maine Small Business Development Center and the CEI Women’s Business Center invite the public to join virtually to watch and vote in the live pitch-off of the first annual Downeast Business Boot Camp. The event is scheduled for 4:30-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. After two weeks of business coaching,

  • Hancock County Jail log week of Feb. 6

    Hancock County Jail log week of Feb. 6

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between Jan. 27 and Feb.2: Jeffrey M. Durand, 26, Blue Hill, 10 days for leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving to endanger. Solomon I. Drew, 20, Old Town, two days for furnishing liquor to a minor and operating a motor vehicle while

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