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  • Believers, doubters square off on ranked-choice

    Believers, doubters square off on ranked-choice

    AUGUSTA — Supporters of ranked-choice voting (RCV) filled a State House hearing Monday to deliver a loud, clear message to legislators: We voted for this, we want to use it starting next year and we don’t want you to tinker with it. “It would, I believe, be an assault on democracy itself if this Legislature

  • Most selectmen in RSU 24 support buying district offices

    Most selectmen in RSU 24 support buying district offices

    WINTER HARBOR — Rob Wilpan of Sorrento attended the Board of Selectmen meeting here on Monday with a straightforward question to the board’s two members: do you support buying the district offices that house Regional School Unit 24’s staff and buses? Their answer: a firm yes. Not on behalf of the town, they said, but

  • Prospect man plans Bagaduce River oyster farm

    Prospect man plans Bagaduce River oyster farm

    PENOBSCOT — If anything can stir more controversy than kneeling NFL football players, it might be a plan to expand oyster farming in the Bagaduce River. Last week, the Department of Marine Resources announced that Prospect resident Joe Rego, president of Clearwater Seafood Inc., would host a scoping session to introduce his plan to apply

  • State may shift early special ed to local school districts

    State may shift early special ed to local school districts

    ELLSWORTH — Gary Hunt’s 4-year-old grandson has made a lot of progress in the last two years. Before, he struggled to talk. He was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. In July 2015, Hunt enrolled his grandson at Special Children’s Friends in Ellsworth, a nursery school for children with special needs. Since then, Nathan’s progress has

  • Early morning fire destroys house, injures woman

    Early morning fire destroys house, injures woman

    ORLAND – A woman living on Gross Point Road was sent to the hospital after she was injured and her house burned down by a fire early Wednesday morning. Orland Fire Chief Bobby Conary said that the department received a call at around one a.m. from a resident who saw the fire from across the

  • What’s next for the Bucksport mill site? Residents weigh in

    What’s next for the Bucksport mill site? Residents weigh in

    BUCKSPORT — For eight hours on Tuesday, Bucksport residents were given a chance to think about the town’s future. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., anyone could walk into the Heart & Soul Building on Main Street to jot down their hopes, fears and questions for how they want the redevelopment of the former Verso

  • With Collins officially out, gubernatorial field growing

    With Collins officially out, gubernatorial field growing

    ELLSWORTH — The field of candidates looking to become Maine’s next governor is growing now that one of the bigger questions in Maine political circles has been answered. Ending months of speculation, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced Friday at a Chamber of Commerce event in Rockport that she will stay in the U.S. Senate

  • Haunted pirate ship takes shape in Penobscot

    Haunted pirate ship takes shape in Penobscot

    PENOBSCOT — Here’s a spooky story for you this Halloween season. Long ago, a sailor named Captain Lanphiere embarked on a life of piracy after he lost his wife and children to plague at sea. Lanphiere roamed the Atlantic Coast, plundering and pillaging wherever he and his band of pirates sailed. But their streak of