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  • Large keg party busted in Penobscot

    Large keg party busted in Penobscot

    PENOBSCOT — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies and the Maine State Police busted a large keg party at 536 Dunbar Road in Penobscot Thursday night. The officers had been conducting a Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team detail in western Hancock County when they learned of the gathering. Police arrested three youths and summoned two dozen others.

  • How Hancock County Jail handles withdrawal

    How Hancock County Jail handles withdrawal

    ELLSWORTH — For some, the time spent incarcerated at the Hancock County Jail can be a reprieve from addiction, even a life-saver. It’s a chance to get clean, according to social workers, and to take advantage of local and state programs aimed at helping addicts avoid using. For others, incarceration can pose a dangerous health

  • Salmon farm planned for former Bucksport mill site

    Salmon farm planned for former Bucksport mill site

    BUCKSPORT – A Maine-based company, Whole Oceans, which describes itself as a land-based producer of sustainable farm-raised Atlantic salmon, intends to begin construction of an aquaculture plant this year at the former Verso mill site in Bucksport. Whole Oceans has signed a purchase and sale agreement with AIM Development, which owns the mill site, and

  • Local man charged with “school shooting threat”

    Local man charged with “school shooting threat”

    ELLSWORTH — Michael Allen, 19, of Ellsworth was arrested Wednesday after allegedly making threats in an online gaming forum relating to a “possible school shooting threat,” the Ellsworth Police Department wrote in a press release. The department was alerted Wednesday to the threat by Special Agent Raymond Goergen, who works in the FBI’s Bangor office.

  • What tax reform will mean for you

    What tax reform will mean for you

    ELLSWORTH — Did you notice a few extra dollars in your paycheck this month? So did Marden’s. The recently adopted Republican tax cuts may mean more money in your wallet. Maine’s own bargain bazaar is hoping you’ll pass along your good fortune and buy something. Employees of Walmart and Camden National Bank got a lot

  • How safe are our schools?

    How safe are our schools?

    ELLSWORTH — Amidst the now all-too-familiar vigils and media analysis in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., many in the area are asking the question: Are our schools safe? School officials and law enforcement say they’re doing everything possible to make sure that’s the case. But Police Chief Glenn Moshier and School Superintendent

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day proposal advanced

    Indigenous Peoples’ Day proposal advanced

    ELLSWORTH — Spencer Patterson King presented the Ellsworth City Council with a draft resolution to adopt Indigenous Peoples’ Day in lieu of Columbus Day at the council’s monthly meeting on Feb. 12. The council took no action on the measure, which was presented during the “Citizens’ Comments” portion of the meeting. “Doing so, I think,

  • Helen Dudman found joy in her career, family

    Helen Dudman found joy in her career, family

    BLUE HILL — Driving a battered yellow Volkswagen convertible, Helen Sloane Dudman rolled into downtown Ellsworth nearly 40 years ago to start a new chapter in her life. The Washington Post’s former executive women’s editor, who died at age 93 on Monday, Feb. 19, at Parker Ridge retirement community in Blue Hill, was excited. But

  • Oyster farming plan enjoys smooth sailing

    Oyster farming plan enjoys smooth sailing

    BAR HARBOR — Shellfish grower Matt Gerald’s plan to grow more than 1.5 million oysters south of Old House Cove in Western Bay drew little comment at a Department of Marine Resources scoping session held earlier this month in Bar Harbor. In the aquaculture business for four years, Gerald became an oyster farmer by accident.

  • Dam license renewal process nearing conclusion

    Dam license renewal process nearing conclusion

    ELLSWORTH — On Dec. 30, 2015, Black Bear Hydro Partners applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new license for the hydroelectric facilities it operates on the Union River — the dams forming Graham Lake and Leonard Lake. Now the relicensing process is moving toward conclusion. The application was a significant step in