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  • Dead whale found in Downeast cove

    Dead whale found in Downeast cove

    LUBEC — The carcass of a young humpback whale stranded in Boot Cove, southwest of Quoddy Narrows, was discovered this week but, as yet, scientists don’t know how, when or where the whale died. On Friday, Allied Whale Research Associate and Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator Rosemary Seton said the whale was a young female, probably

  • Two dead, two injured in house fire

    Two dead, two injured in house fire

    BAR HARBOR — An elderly woman and her adult son are presumed dead after a house fire on Russell Farm Road Sunday morning, officials said. Names of the fire victims have not been released, but Sgt. Scott Richardson of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said two adult men lived in the two-story, wood-frame house with

  • 2018 lobster boat race calendar is released

    2018 lobster boat race calendar is released

    ELLSWORTH — Hold on to your hats. Icy weather notwithstanding, the release last week of the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association calendar poster is an absolute sign that summer is just around the corner. The poster features a striking photo of big, diesel-powered boats thundering up Moosabec Reach during last year’s Jonesport/Beals Island Lobster Boat

  • Every 15 Minutes program coming to GSA in May

    Every 15 Minutes program coming to GSA in May

    BLUE HILL — Drive sober and if you need to use your phone, pull over. Those are two messages Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane hopes to impart to George Stevens Academy students. GSA, with help from the Sheriff’s Office, is hosting Every 15 Minutes, a two-day program May 3-4 with events to challenge students to

  • City Council discusses emergency medical services, cyber attacks

    City Council discusses emergency medical services, cyber attacks

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth City Council met on April 16 to conduct its regular business. The council issued several liquor licenses, approved the six-month lease of an excavator and discussed labor contracts during an executive session. The council also approved $39,000 for updates to its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, the software program

  • Jack the Barber, battling cancer, hangs up his shears

    Jack the Barber, battling cancer, hangs up his shears

    ELLSWORTH — Jack Forni, the former owner of Jack’s Barber Shop on Water Street, may not know all of his customers by name, but he knows them by clipper number. “You know their face and their haircut,” Forni said. “‘Oh, he gets a No. 2’.” On a recent mild afternoon in early April, while his

  • Maine House GOP candidates line up

    Maine House GOP candidates line up

    Part 2 of 2: The Republicans ELLSWORTH — Crocuses and songbirds aren’t the only ones poking their heads out with the warmer weather. Candidates are also up and singing — for votes. Come November, eight Democrats and eight Republicans will vie for 16 district seats in Hancock County. The June 12 primaries will largely be

  • MRC threatens to sue towns that return to PERC

    MRC threatens to sue towns that return to PERC

    ELLSWORTH — For years, the Maine towns that make up the nonprofit Municipal Review Committee (MRC) have trucked their trash to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC) plant in Orrington. That is, until April 1. Last year, a Maryland-based company, Fiberight, enticed more than half of the MRC’s 187 member towns to send their garbage