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  • Summit convenes on National Heritage Area proposal

    Summit convenes on National Heritage Area proposal

    WINTER HARBOR — The Sunrise County Economic Council has taken the lead on an initiative to establish the Downeast region as a National Heritage Area. “We’re willing to take on the [leadership] role going forward,” said Charles J. Rudelitch, executive director, at the conclusion of an Oct. 9 Downeast National Heritage Area Summit held at

  • Feeling lucky?

    Feeling lucky?

    STEUBEN — In Steuben, winning the lottery won’t make you rich, but it could secure you a building lot. The town has subdivided an approximately 97-acre tract at the corner of Dyer Bay and Pinkham Bay Bridge roads into 14 lots, 12 of which will be sold through a lottery process. The idea is to

  • Slow start to DI-S school fundraising campaign

    Slow start to DI-S school fundraising campaign

    DEER ISLE — A committee seeking to raise $1.3 million for renovations to the Deer Isle-Stonington High School and elementary school has raised less than half a percent of that goal halfway through the campaign. As of Oct. 1, the committee had raised $34,253.01.  The campaign was launched in May. The Community School District 13

  • 43 acres gifted  for Deer Isle workforce rentals

    43 acres gifted for Deer Isle workforce rentals

    DEER ISLE — An anonymous donor has purchased a 43-acre parcel near Olivers Pond on the west side of the island so that Island Workforce Housing can develop rental units. “We’re losing a generation because it’s too expensive to rent or buy on the island right now,” said Mike Wood, chairman of Island Workforce Housing.

  • Nor’easter hits Downeast region

    Nor’easter hits Downeast region

    ELLSWORTH — A strong fall nor’easter brought heavy rain and wind gusts reaching up to 60 mph to Maine early Thursday morning, knocking down trees and power lines across the state. As of 11 a.m., Emera Maine was reporting 20,806 outages in Hancock County and 7,673 in Washington County, including roughly 1,700 in Blue Hill,

  • Meet the City Council candidates

    Meet the City Council candidates

    ELLSWORTH — City voters will elect three city councilors at the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5. There are five candidates for three available seats, all of which are three-year terms. Three councilors’ terms are up this year, and two have opted not to run again: Gary Fortier, who is retiring after 24 years, and Dawn Ihle

  • Hancock man  completes his Cannonball Run

    Hancock man completes his Cannonball Run

    HANCOCK — Last month, Fred Ashmore arrived in Redondo Beach, Calif., high on adrenaline. Ashmore, 43, was part of a team that had just set a world record in a coast-to-coast race known colloquially as the Cannonball Run. Just 31 hours and 47 minutes earlier, he, his brother Arthur, and friend Travis Hilton left from

  • Property values up county-wide

    Property values up county-wide

    ELLSWORTH — Property values are up across Hancock County, including in Ellsworth, Blue Hill and Sullivan, according to preliminary figures recently released by the state. Ellsworth’s valuation climbed $50.8 million, 4.7 percent, to $1.13 billion. The county’s valuation overall rose close to 4 percent, to $13.6 billion. Blue Hill saw an 11 percent jump, from

  • Road sealant eyed in crashes  wasn’t used on Route 1A

    Road sealant eyed in crashes wasn’t used on Route 1A

    ELLSWORTH — A protective road sealant that may have contributed to several crashes around the state, including in Bar Harbor, was not used in roadwork that recently took place on the Bangor Road, said an official from the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT). Public Information Officer Paul Merrill said in an email that the “fog

  • Portland developer plans 51-unit apartment complex in Ellsworth

    Portland developer plans 51-unit apartment complex in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — The Portland-based developer that constructed the Oriole Way Apartments off Washington Street behind Renys will bring plans for another 51-unit complex on nearby Foster Street, behind Shaw’s, in front of the Planning Board at the end of the month. Developers Collaborative recently submitted sketch plans for the apartments, which will include market rate