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  • Barn again: Remodeled barn envisioned as events center

    Barn again: Remodeled barn envisioned as events center

    GOULDSBORO — When Roxanne Quimby bought the former Oceanwood at Schoodic Point, featuring bold, pristine coastline, the 118-acre property’s structures included a run-down barn nestled in the woods. Four years later, that white elephant has been transformed into an airy, handsome building poised to serve as a special events center for the greater Schoodic Peninsula

  • Couple celebrate 74 years

    Couple celebrate 74 years

    Fight, make up and never forget to say ‘I love you’ ELLSWORTH — “I give her a kiss and I tell her every morning, ‘I love you,’” said John Nichols about his wife, Rachel. On Oct. 30, the couple celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary.  So, what is the secret for sustaining such a long marriage?

  • New book opens doors to Maine artists’ homes

    New book opens doors to Maine artists’ homes

    BROOKLIN  — If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll admit you love peeking inside other people’s homes. No? Just us. OK. Voyeur or not, you’ll enjoy seeing famed American photographer Eliot Porter’s classic kitchen in the family’s big house on Great Spruce Head Island in Penobscot Bay. You’ll get up close to the great watercolorist John

  • Ellsworth Adult Education pivots to online learning

    ELLSWORTH — The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into how students of all ages access education, including adults. For Ellsworth Adult Education Director Ann Sargent and her staff, this has been an opportunity to use videoconferencing systems to make learning more accessible for students striving to obtain their high school diploma or equivalent, gain

  • Zone B Council holds off on endorsing whale plan

    Zone B Council holds off on endorsing whale plan

    ELLSWORTH — A deadline to present a state plan designed to minimize potential harm to right whales is fast approaching, but members of the Zone B Lobster Management Council have asked Department of Marine Resources officials to check some numbers before the zone council agrees to a plan. “The timeline is short,” said DMR Commissioner

  • Commission candidates have differing visions for the future

    Commission candidates have differing visions for the future

    ELLSWORTH — For the first time in recent memory, there are contested races for two seats on the Hancock County Commissioners board. Incumbent commissioner and board chairman Bill Clark, representing District 1, is seeking re-election. Clark is a Republican who resides in Ellsworth. District 1 encompasses the municipalities of Amherst, Aurora, Blue Hill, unorganized territory

  • City OKs solar deal

    City OKs solar deal

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors on Monday approved signing a 20-year contract with Portsmouth, N.H.-based SunRaise for the city to purchase net energy billing credits generated by a solar farm to be built off Mariaville Road. The vote was 6-1, with Councilor Michelle Kaplan voting against the project. A second and separate contract with SunRaise for

  • Busy builders: Lumber prices have jumped 

    Busy builders: Lumber prices have jumped 

    HANCOCK — Customers may “cringe” when they hear lumber prices upon checkout at Viking Lumber in Hancock, says manager Tony Bagley. But they are making purchases anyway, he notes, despite what the National Association of Home Builders is calling a 130 percent price increase industrywide since April. As with most aspects of life these days,

  • Frenchman Bay eyed for salmon, cod farm

    Frenchman Bay eyed for salmon, cod farm

    GOULDSBORO — A company with its roots in Norway is scheduled to make a presentation of its plans to establish a large salmon and cod farming operation in Frenchman Bay at the meeting of the Gouldsboro selectmen scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. On its website, American Aquafarms describes a “closed pen” fish

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