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  • City solar regulations still a work in progress

    City solar regulations still a work in progress

    ELLSWORTH — City Planning Department staff have made a good start, but as of last Wednesday, Planning Board members weren’t quite ready to send draft regulations on solar and other energy systems to the council for consideration. The guidelines, which set out to regulate power generating facilities (such as hydro-, wind- or fuel-powered turbines and

  • City Planning Board  seeks more control

    City Planning Board seeks more control

    ELLSWORTH — The city’s Planning Board wants more oversight on development in Ellsworth. At least, that was the message board members sent to city staff at a meeting on Jan. 8. “A lot of the development that has taken place in Ellsworth is not being reviewed by residents. It’s being OK’d by non-resident staff,” said

  • Eagles die of lead poisoning

    Eagles die of lead poisoning

    SULLIVAN — A bald eagle found in Sullivan with lead poisoning died overnight Jan. 13. Maine game warden Chris Roy responded to a Jan. 6 report of the eagle found lying on the ice on Flanders Pond, said Diane Winn, co-founder and executive director of Avian Haven, a bird rehabilitation center in Freedom. Roy took

  • Council rejects timeshare rules

    Council rejects timeshare rules

    ELLSWORTH — A fix on the issue of timeshare taxes and foreclosures will have to wait a while longer. A motion to adopt an ordinance that would have shifted the burden for property tax collection onto the managing entity of Acadia Village Resort beginning in July 2021 failed at Monday’s City Council meeting. Just one

  • Longtime bus driver puts it in park

    Longtime bus driver puts it in park

    ELLSWORTH — It’s hard to miss Roger “Buzzy” Keene’s energy. Even sitting down he’s restless: shifting in his chair, leaning forward, eyes bright, to make a point, occasionally grabbing the hand of his new bride (and childhood friend), Elizabeth, who’s seated next to him. “I like to move,” he says, drawing out the middle of

  • Appointments, timeshare rules on January City Council agenda

    Appointments, timeshare rules on January City Council agenda

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors will take up a number of issues on Monday evening at their January meeting, including several board appointments, a discussion on rules regarding timeshares that was tabled in December and items relating to Hancock County Technical Center and a municipal solar farm. One of the first items of business will be

  • Jail inmates to get computer tablets

    Jail inmates to get computer tablets

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Jail inmates will be able to access music, games, movies and other activities via computer tablets as early as this April. The move is seen as a way to keep them engaged ad cut down on paper waste. The Hancock County Commissioners Tuesday signed an agreement for the personal tablets with