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  • Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    FARMINGTON, Conn. — “This is a team effort,” said Governor Ned Lamont, speaking at a press conference March 19 at The Jackson Laboratory Center for Genomic Medicine, of his state’s response to the pandemic emergency. “And our health care system, the hospitals, biosciences, you’re the quarterback of this team.”  The Center for Genomic Medicine, a state-accredited clinical diagnostic laboratory,

  • Ellsworth schools to close; City Council holds emergency meeting to discuss coronavirus

    Ellsworth schools to close; City Council holds emergency meeting to discuss coronavirus

    ELLSWORTH — Partway through the Ellsworth City Council’s emergency meeting Sunday the primary question of the day was answered: Ellsworth schools will be closing at the end of the day Monday. The news came via a parent in the audience who received a digital communication from school Superintendent Dan Higgins. “Based on continued monitoring of

  • Amherst woman charged in Orland theft case

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Amherst woman in connection with a burglary and theft investigation that began late last year at a business and residence in Orland, police announced Friday. Detective Frank Jennings said deputies executed a search warrant and served an arrest warrant at an Amherst residence on Feb.

  • Supporters, opponents clash at hearing on recycling reform

    Supporters, opponents clash at hearing on recycling reform

    ELLSWORTH — Supporters and opponents of a bill that would shift the cost of recycling from local taxpayers to manufacturers and consumers clashed at a six-hour-long public hearing in Augusta on Feb. 26. The proposal, known as extended producer responsibility (EPR), would be the first of its kind in the nation, although similar measures have

  • Townspeople celebrate 125 years over cake

    Townspeople celebrate 125 years over cake

    WINTER HARBOR — “Happy birthday Winter Harbor. Happy birthday to you….” chimed more than 75 local residents and other well-wishers who celebrated the town’s 125th birthday over cake at a reception last Saturday afternoon at Hammond Hall. Hosted by the Winter Harbor Historical Society, the birthday party was held to mark this coastal community’s secession

  • Flu hitting area hard this winter

    Flu hitting area hard this winter

    ELLSWORTH — With apologies to Nyquil, the sniffling, sneezing, aching, coughing, stuffy-head, fever season is here. Illnesses, including influenza but other viruses as well, are spreading around Hancock County, particularly in area schools. Surry Elementary School students and teachers were stricken with a fever and cough earlier this month. “On Tuesday, January 14, we started

  • Man who shot father  to serve 10 years

    Man who shot father to serve 10 years

    ELLSWORTH — A Richmond man has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for aggravated assault in the shooting of his father last spring at the family’s camp in Township 28. A sentencing hearing was held Jan. 22 in Hancock County Superior Court. Christopher Laliberte’s defense attorney, Jeffrey Toothaker of Ellsworth, said he has

  • Overdose deaths on the rise statewide

    Overdose deaths on the rise statewide

    ELLSWORTH — The number of overdose deaths in Maine in 2019 was on track to exceed 2018, according to data released last week by the state. In Hancock County, five deaths between January and September were attributed to drug overdoses, half the number compared to 2018, according to the numbers. Statewide in that time frame,

  • Fire damages city home

    Fire damages city home

    ELLSWORTH — Several area fire departments, including Ellsworth, responded to a fire on Lincoln Street around 11 a.m. Saturday after a passer-by noticed flames coming out of a single-family house and called emergency responders, Ellsworth Fire Department Chief Richard Tupper said. “We had a fairly quick response because it’s fairly close,” Tupper said. “They were