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  • Commissioners support reparations board proposal

    Commissioners support reparations board proposal

    ELLSWORTH — A group of concerned citizens, with help from the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office, is launching the Hancock County Reparations Board to help keep young offenders out of Maine’s juvenile corrections system. Board members Assistant District Attorney Heather Staples and Juvenile Community Corrections Officer John Bennoch spoke to the Hancock County Commissioners Dec.

  • Market glut hits blueberry growers hard

    Market glut hits blueberry growers hard

    FRANKLIN — Jack Schmelzer, a blueberry farmer, tried what he could to make his fields profitable. He cultivated organic berries to get an organic certification and therefore a higher price. But he found the parameters set forth by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association were not cost-effective for blueberry farming. He sold extra berries

  • Maine judges go the distance lest jails become debtors’ prisons

    Maine judges go the distance lest jails become debtors’ prisons

    ELLSWORTH — A young mother stood before Judge Michael Roberts at the Hancock County District Court on Tuesday. She owed $815 in fines, which had gone unpaid. Judge Roberts wanted to determine why she had failed to pay her fines. He also intended to help her work out a payment plan. The young woman was

  • Fire guts Salisbury Cove home

    Fire guts Salisbury Cove home

    BAR HARBOR — No one was home when a fire broke out in a house near the Salisbury Cove post office Tuesday morning. The building was gutted, and not much is salvageable. The Bar Harbor Fire Department was notified at 9:23 a.m., Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said. There was “heavy fire” blowing out of the

  • “No-Shave November” brings in over $1,400 for area cancer center

    “No-Shave November” brings in over $1,400 for area cancer center

    ELLSWORTH — A month of itching and scratching and less-than-thrilled spouses came to an end last week as the Ellsworth Police Department concluded its No-Shave November campaign. The month-long event — in which officers did not shave and put money they would have spent on shaving supplies toward a department-wide fundraiser — raised $1,385, all

  • Maine Coast’s technical employees vote to unionize

    Maine Coast’s technical employees vote to unionize

    ELLSWORTH — Dozens of employees at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital are set to become unionized following a vote last week. Technical employees including radiology technologists, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists and others voted by secret ballot to join the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA). The union previously said the group of technical employees consists of

  • Wreaths Across America events set for Ellsworth

    Wreaths Across America events set for Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — The Wreaths Across America convoy will stop in Ellsworth again this year on Sunday, Dec. 10, the third year such a stop has been made. The convoy is expected to arrive at the Maine Coast Mall on High Street around 9 a.m. Sunday, according to Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane, after leaving Naraguagus

  • Mother and son still hospitalized after Hancock crash

    Mother and son still hospitalized after Hancock crash

    ELLSWORTH — A Gouldsboro mother and her young son are still hospitalized at Eastern Maine Medical Center this week after a Nov. 29 crash on Route 1 in front of Hancock Grocery. “We’re gradually getting better,” said Leanna Bishop by phone from her hospital room Tuesday. “I got the last chest tube taken out this