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  • Blue Hill Hospital closes surgical unit

    Blue Hill Hospital closes surgical unit

    BLUE HILL — Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital will no longer provide surgical services, according to President and Chief Executive Officer John Ronan. “We’re closing down the surgical services,” Ronan said Wednesday. “That would include scopes, which would include colonoscopies.” “This was a local management decision,” Ronan said. “We had a discussion with the board

  • Gouldsboro  keeps its police dept.

    Gouldsboro keeps its police dept.

    GOULDSBORO — The Gouldsboro Police Department stays, voters decided Tuesday. Resident Becky Irwin filed a petition seeking to ask voters, “Shall the town vote to disband the Gouldsboro Police Department and contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for public safety services?” The question was on the ballot because she obtained 97 signatures, four more

  • Community rallies for burn victims

    Community rallies for burn victims

    ELLSWORTH — Condolences and aid are pouring in for an Ellsworth couple who suffered extensive third-degree burns in a grease fire on June 16. Machelle Lea LaHaye and Thomas Mosley were hospitalized after the fire broke out at their home on the Mariaville Road, according to a post on Facebook and reports from friends. The

  • City will consolidate planning, economic development

    City will consolidate planning, economic development

    ELLSWORTH — The city will restructure its Planning Department in the coming months after failing to find a city planner to replace Michele Gagnon, who took a job as planning director in Bar Harbor in February. “For various reasons,” said City Manager David Cole, “going to the outside hasn’t worked out.” The move will consolidate

  • Maine Missing Person Day set for June 22

    Maine Missing Person Day set for June 22

    ELLSWORTH — It may not be surprising in coastal Maine that most of the local missing person cases are suspected to be accidents involving the water, according to national missing persons database namus.gov. A Stonington couple went down in a plane crash over Penobscot Bay in 1997. Their remains were never recovered. Five other local

  • City police struggle  to find new officers

    City police struggle to find new officers

    ELLSWORTH — There may be more criminal justice degree programs than ever before, but local law enforcement agencies are strapped for personnel, said Police Chief Glenn Moshier. He is looking for two officers to fill the department’s ranks within the next year. “All agencies are struggling to find people,” Moshier said. Between injuries and vacancies,

  • Bar Harbor Trust Services named on civil suit

    ELLSWORTH — A Camden law firm representing the Phyllis J. Poor Trust is suing Bar Harbor Trust Services in an 11-count civil complaint alleging, among other accusations, fraud, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty in the handling of Poor’s $6.7-million trust. An attorney representing the bank said the allegations are “meritless.” Camden Law attorneys Sarah

  • Mountain bike trail under construction in Orland

    Mountain bike trail under construction in Orland

    ORLAND — A mix of volunteers, paid trail crew and professional machine operators has begun construction of Hancock County’s first significant mountain bike trail, the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust announced recently. The Capstone Trail is part of an eventual 3.6-mile trail that will climb Great Pond Mountain in the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust’s