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  • Poliquin ends recount

    Poliquin ends recount

    ELLSWORTH — Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced on Friday that he is ending the recount of ballots in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. In an announcement posted to Poliquin’s personal Twitter account, he continued to reiterate that he received more votes than Democratic challenger Jared Golden on Election Day, and indicated that his decision was motivated

  • Building permits up in October, down in cold, snowy November

    Building permits up in October, down in cold, snowy November

    ELLSWORTH — Building around the city was up in October but slowed considerably in November compared to last year. Weather hampered construction: temperatures dipped below average, while snowfall and high winds swept through the state. City staff issued 11 building permits, mainly for small alterations and accessory structures. Last year, a mild November resulted in

  • Bustling builder Bates a man of many hats

    Bustling builder Bates a man of many hats

    ELLSWORTH — If it feels like Jonathan Bates is everywhere these days, that’s because in a way, he is. Bates is office manager, developer, landlord and just about everything else behind Stone Park Properties LLC. “I often struggle with delegating,” Bates admitted. But so far the long hours have been worth it. “This is my

  • Electricity rates rise

    Electricity rates rise

    ELLSWORTH — Keeping the lights on is about to get more expensive for some customers in Hancock County and surrounding areas. After accepting bids from suppliers, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced Dec. 4 that the standard offer for electricity supply for customers in the Emera Maine Bangor Hydro District will increase just under

  • Woman injured after vehicle goes airborne

    Woman injured after vehicle goes airborne

    ELLSWORTH — A 51-year-old woman from Harrington was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center on Monday afternoon after the vehicle she was driving “went airborne and then tumbled end over end until she struck a tree,” said Ellsworth Police Department Sgt. Chad Wilmot in an email. Edna Curtis was heading south on the

  • Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    ELLSWORTH — Who says miracles don’t happen? In what must be a first in modern history, virtually every commercial fishing organization in Maine joined together to urge Governor-elect Janet Mills to keep Patrick Keliher on the job as commissioner of Marine Resources after she takes office in January. First reported in the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s

  • Third-generation wreath maker shares her craft

    Third-generation wreath maker shares her craft

    FRANKLIN — The town that bills itself as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” may also be home to its fastest wreath maker. “The most I’ve ever done in one day was 13 dozen,” says Audrey Gilman of Franklin. That’s more than double the number made by the current Guinness World Records holder, Canadian