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  • Prepare to get scared at Ghostport

    Prepare to get scared at Ghostport

    BUCKSPORT — Stir your cauldron, rev up your broomstick, call your mummy and mark your calendars, the frightful fall festival known as Ghostport is almost upon us. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 21, all are invited to zombie shuffle or Franken-stomp over to the festivities on Main Street and the waterfront.

  • Art of Ellsworth on display

    Art of Ellsworth on display gallery

    ELLSWORTH — The downtown was a hub of activity and creativity over the weekend as area businesses and artisans participated in Maine Craft Weekend. Art of Ellsworth featured sales, demonstrations and an alpaca visit.

  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events scheduled Oct. 28

    Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events scheduled Oct. 28

    ELLSWORTH — In observance of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 28, a number of take-back events will be occurring throughout Hancock County. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Drug Take-Back Day in collaboration with Ellsworth Police Department, the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce and Healthy Acadia on Saturday, Oct. 28, from

  • Brooklin orchard being sold to Massachusetts couple

    Brooklin orchard being sold to Massachusetts couple

    BROOKLIN — Tim Seabrook and Leslie Cummins have been curating heirloom apple and peach trees on an 18-acre parcel off the Bay Road since 1987. The couple’s certified organic Five Star Nursery and Orchard apples, peaches, apple cider and raw cider vinegar have become staples for many consumers. But, come December the couple are selling

  • Collins will not run for governor, will remain in Senate

    Collins will not run for governor, will remain in Senate

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has announced she will not be joining the 2018 gubernatorial race, stating that she is best able to serve Maine’s people in Congress. Collins made the announcement Friday morning while speaking at a Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Rockport. During her remarks, Collins discussed the

  • Bump stocks are in demand; dealers say ban wouldn’t hurt

    Bump stocks are in demand; dealers say ban wouldn’t hurt

    ELLSWORTH — Eight gun shops pepper eastern Maine roads on an 85-mile stretch between Holden and East Machias. Of those, nearly all said they had not recently sold a device that facilitates automatic fire on semi-automatic weapons, called a bump stock. But multiple shops said they’d been fielding requests for them after members of Congress

  • Turkey shoot event all about fun, safety and scholarships

    Turkey shoot event all about fun, safety and scholarships

    EASTBROOK — On Sunday mornings in October, men, women and children who enjoy target shooting gather in an off-the-beaten-path gravel pit to see who among them is the best shot. They take safety seriously, but still have fun while doing it. They are also vying for the right to take home a frozen turkey or

  • Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

    Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

    ELLSWORTH — Is ranked-choice voting the best way for Mainers to choose their elected representatives or a recipe for electoral chaos? It depends who you ask. Supporters say it will ensure that winning candidates are supported by a majority rather than just a plurality of voters. Others, meanwhile, say it could throw elections into disarray.

  • Blue Hill treasurer placed on administrative leave

    BLUE HILL — The treasurer for the town of Blue Hill has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to town officials. Blue Hill Selectman Jim Schatz said the board met Thursday, Oct. 5, for an executive session to discuss a personnel matter. After coming out of the executive session, the board voted to place