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  • LUPC’s proposed change of one-mile rule resisted

    LUPC’s proposed change of one-mile rule resisted

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Commissioners heard passionate testimony from area residents on Monday evening, largely arguing against rule changes being proposed by the state Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) that would change where subdivisions and commercial developments could be located in Maine’s unorganized territories. “This is a major and monumental change, and not for the

  • Technical glitch delays state RCV ballot count

    Technical glitch delays state RCV ballot count

    ELLSWORTH — Go online and you can buy a USB memory stick, or thumb drive, for 10 bucks or less. Even a premium, high-speed 128-gigabyte device can be had for less than $50 and delivered to the door overnight. It appears, though, that a small, relatively inexpensive, device caused big problems for the Secretary of

  • City councilors OK $12.9M budget

    City councilors OK $12.9M budget

    ELLSWORTH — After several weeks of public workshops and negotiations, city councilors unanimously approved the city budget with little fanfare at a meeting on Monday evening. The final budget is up 1.78 percent over last year, with a tentative mill rate of 18.29, meaning a taxpayer in Ellsworth will be asked to pay $18.29 for

  • Taste of Ellsworth returns June 30

    Taste of Ellsworth returns June 30

    ELLSWORTH — For the second year in a row, residents and visitors will have a chance to gather for a community picnic with a view of City Hall as part of the annual Taste of Ellsworth event. On Saturday, June 30, the Franklin Street extension (between Elizabeth’s on one side and the J&B Atlantic building

  • Fuddruckers closes

    Fuddruckers closes

    ELLSWORTH — According to a post on its Facebook page on June 18, the Fuddruckers restaurant at the Tradewinds Variety complex on State Street “is closed and will not reopen.” The restaurant, which opened in 2015, was the Texas-based chain’s first location north of Boston, according to an article in The American that same year.

  • Local broadcaster Michael Hale signs off

    Local broadcaster Michael Hale signs off

    ELLSWORTH – A lot has changed in the 43 years that Michael Hale, morning show host on Star 97.7, has been in broadcasting. The technology is different, of course – disc jockeys no longer spin turntables or pop in CDs, and the news no longer comes from an Associated Press Teletype machine. Another thing that’s

  • Easter in June at the bunny barn

    Easter in June at the bunny barn

    LAMOINE — The Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue is hosting an “Easter in June” open house on Sunday, June 24, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Due to the late snowfall in March, the micro-farm sanctuary in Lamoine had to postpone its spring open house until now. The open house will feature an Easter egg hunt that will

  • State suspends former Blue Hill doctor’s license

    State suspends former Blue Hill doctor’s license

    ELLSWORTH — The state Board of Licensure in Medicine has suspended the license of Dr. Brandt Rice following allegations that he wrote fraudulent prescriptions for thousands of pain pills. As of June 12, Rice’s Maine medical license was suspended for 30 days pending an adjudicatory hearing. According to state records, Rice has been practicing in