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  • GSA proposes tuition hike

    GSA proposes tuition hike

    BLUE HILL — George Stevens Academy, citing a million-dollar loss in revenue from its international student boarding program, has proposed a $2,000-per-pupil tuition increase, upsetting school board officials and taxpayers across the peninsula. “We added the boarding academy in the hopes of subsidizing town education,” said GSA Headmaster Timothy Seeley on Monday. The private high

  • State recommends water systems be tested for “forever chemicals”

    State recommends water systems be tested for “forever chemicals”

    ELLSWORTH — A state task force is recommending that all public water system managers be required to test for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, collectively known as PFAS and nicknamed “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment and human bodies. In a draft report released before Thanksgiving, the group outlined seven recommendations for dealing with

  • No progress on Maine Coast nursing, technician contracts

    No progress on Maine Coast nursing, technician contracts

    ELLSWORTH — Unions representing Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital nurses and medical technicians have yet to make progress on contracts in negotiations, said Jennifer Nappi, a representative for Maine State Nurses Association. “We are still in negotiations,” Nappi said. “We have not made any progress.” Two separate unions, one that includes nursing staff and another

  • Wreaths Across America convoy sets off

    Wreaths Across America convoy sets off

    ELLSWORTH — The Wreaths Across America annual escort to Arlington National Cemetery sets off this weekend and will make a stop in Ellsworth Sunday morning. The convoy kick-off event is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Maine Coast Mall. All are invited to meet the convoy, honor and remember area veterans,

  • Union-owned lobster co-op files federal racketeering suit against former CEO

    Union-owned lobster co-op files federal racketeering suit against former CEO

    BANGOR — Warren B. Pettegrow, former chief executive officer of Lobster 207, a marketing cooperative owned by members of the Maine Lobstering Union, is one of four individual and two corporate defendants named in a civil racketeering complaint filed Wednesday, Dec. 4, on behalf of the union-owned co-op in the U.S. District Court in Bangor.

  • State pursues legal action against unlicensed vet

    State pursues legal action against unlicensed vet

    MACHIAS — The state of Maine is pursuing legal action against a Machias veterinarian whose license was revoked this fall. In an Oct. 16 decision, the state Board of Veterinary Medicine revoked the license of veterinarian Cynthia Teer, who owns and practices at Machias Animal Hospital. She also was ordered to pay $6,000 in fines.

  • Group working to revive Open Door

    Group working to revive Open Door

    ELLSWORTH — Open Door Recovery Center was, by numerous accounts, a sorely needed service that had helped many residents struggling with substance abuse disorder over the years. So when Open Door and Hills House, a residential program for pregnant women and mothers, closed in July amid financial and licensing issues, a group formed almost immediately

  • Critical staffing  shortage at jail

    Critical staffing shortage at jail

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Jail is looking for corrections officers — right now. “At this time, it’s critical,” said Jail Administrator Timothy Richardson. “We’re seeking three full-time employees.” Starting wages are $14 an hour and include dental, medical, eye care and retirement benefits. The county also provides sick time, vacation time and holiday compensation,

  • Home prices climb 2.8%

    Home prices climb 2.8%

    ELLSWORTH — The median sales price (MSP) of a single-family home in Hancock County edged up 2.87 percent in October compared to the same time last year, according to data recently released by the Maine Association of Realtors. The median sales price indicates that half of the homes sold for more and half sold for

  • City seeks solar firms

    City seeks solar firms

    ELLSWORTH — The city put out a request for proposals (RFP) on Nov. 7, officially kicking off the process of looking for a firm to install solar panels at several possible sites. Those sites include a former landfill and the rooftops of Ellsworth High School and Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Proposals are due by Dec. 18,