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  • Numbers solid for new seasonal air carrier

    Numbers solid for new seasonal air carrier

    TRENTON — Florida-based Silver Airways’ first summer as the seasonal air carrier for the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport was a success, according to Airport Manager Brad Madeira. Silver Airways replaced PenAir effective July 1. The airline, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, ran twice daily flights from Bar Harbor to Boston. “In July, Silver Airways reported carrying

  • Former Ticonic firehouse to be demolished

    Former Ticonic firehouse to be demolished

    ELLSWORTH — City officials have issued permits to Webber Energy to demolish the former Ticonic 4 Engine House, also known as the community building at Ellsworth Falls, according to paperwork filed with the city’s Code Enforcement Office. The permits were issued on Sept. 10 for the demolition of two buildings located at 4 Bangor Road.

  • Grindle is state Clerk of the Year

    Grindle is state Clerk of the Year

    ELLSWORTH — Heidi Grindle, Ellsworth’s city clerk since 2005, has been named Clerk of the Year by the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association. “I had no idea that I had been nominated,” said Grindle, who received the prize at the association’s annual meeting this week. “I didn’t even know where to begin or what

  • Owner, police seek answers in death of dog

    Owner, police seek answers in death of dog

    WINTER HARBOR — Phil Torrey’s house has been much quieter the past couple of weeks since his dog Franky died. “You don’t get over it. The thoughts don’t go away. Every day you get to your door and he’s not running up to meet you. Every night he used to sleep on the bed with

  • Hancock County rep’s flyer stirs controversy

    Hancock County rep’s flyer stirs controversy

    ELLSWORTH — A flyer distributed by a group run by state Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) created controversy when it arrived in the mailboxes of residents in several districts across the state last week, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald. The mailer, from the Maine First Project, accuses Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham) of

  • Faced with shrinking customer base, PERC tightens its belt

    Faced with shrinking customer base, PERC tightens its belt

    ORRINGTON — In the face of a shrinking customer base, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC) is turning to new methods in order to increase efficiency and reduce costs. “In our new operation there is a significant reduction in non-processable material, because our new grinders seem to process everything we throw at them,” said Plant

  • Walmart planning $1.43M project

    Walmart planning $1.43M project

    ELLSWORTH — Walmart is slated for an estimated $1.43 million worth of alterations, according to permits issued by the city’s Code Enforcement Office. The store is one of six locations, including Augusta, Brewer, Brunswick, Sanford and Scarborough, that will undergo renovations this year, according to a statement from the company. The company plans to add

  • It’s too darn hot in the North Atlantic

    It’s too darn hot in the North Atlantic

    ELLSWORTH — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a report last week confirming that unusually high ocean surface temperatures aren’t confined to the Gulf of Maine. According to NOAA, for several weeks, sea surface temperatures in the western North Atlantic Ocean have been running significantly above normal. Data from the agency’s polar-orbiting satellites show

  • Man and his aunt charged with operating meth lab

    Man and his aunt charged with operating meth lab

    BUCKSPORT — Police say a Bucksport man and his aunt were making methamphetamine Thursday evening when officers arrived to search an apartment on Noel Way. Jamie Matlack, 45, was arrested on a charge of Class A operation of a methamphetamine laboratory and Class C unlawful possession of methamphetamine. His aunt, Kimberly Matlack, 53, was also