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  • City to extend ambulance partnership into September

    City to extend ambulance partnership into September

    ELLSWORTH — The city will extend its partnership with Bangor-based ambulance company Northern Light Medical Transport for another two months, said Northern Light representative Ed Moreshead. “We talked yesterday about continuing on with the relationship,” said Moreshead, referring to a meeting on June 27 at City Hall. “I think that things are going pretty well.”

  • Ellsworth home damaged in Fourth of July fire

    Ellsworth home damaged in Fourth of July fire

    ELLSWORTH – Emergency crews from around the region responded to a fire at a single-family home at 20 Fletcher Street on July 4. The call came in around 2:30 p.m. said Ellsworth Deputy Chief Gary Saunders, and crews were on scene until around 5:15 p.m. “One firefighter was treated for heat-related issues,” said Saunders, but

  • New law aims to protect internet access

    New law aims to protect internet access

    ELLSWORTH — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth and Trenton) aimed at protecting internet users was signed into law by Governor Janet Mills last week. “Internet service providers should not be the gatekeepers of the internet and its potential to connect people and provide critical information,” Grohoski said in a statement. In 2017, the

  • Sheriff mulls drug testing for new recruits

    Sheriff mulls drug testing for new recruits

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the possibility of drug testing law enforcement and corrections officer applicants within the year, Sheriff Scott Kane told county commissioners at a meeting on Tuesday. “The first step is to do pre-employment,” said Kane, and look at what other agencies have in place for random

  • City’s annual report leaves out salaries

    City’s annual report leaves out salaries

    ELLSWORTH — The city released its annual report this week, with one notable omission compared to years past: salaries of city workers. “We looked at what other towns include and we were providing way more information than was required,” said City Manager David Cole, adding that “All of that information is still publicly available.” Cole

  • New Blue Hill Co-op nearing completion

    New Blue Hill Co-op nearing completion

    BLUE HILL — The new Blue Hill Co-op store at 70 South Street is a month away from opening. “We’re looking toward the end of July for a soft opening followed by a Grand Opening event in early August,” said Kevin Gadsby, general manager. “We anticipate the opening of our South Street store with great

  • Open Door closing its doors this week

    Open Door closing its doors this week

    ELLSWORTH − The Open Door Recovery Center and Hills House will close on July 5 due to financial troubles, said Board President Carla Magoon. Barbara Royal, the executive director of the organization who worked there for decades, has resigned. “She had family issues, her parents were getting older and it was a lot of work

  • Deer Isle boy dies in dirt bike crash

    Deer Isle boy dies in dirt bike crash

    DEER ISLE − A 13-year-old Deer Isle boy died on Monday, July 1, after a dirt bike crash on the Eggemoggin Road in Little Deer Isle, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. John E. Hovey, IV, who was wearing a helmet and protective clothing, was riding the 2001 Suzuki east on the Eggemoggin Road

  • Franklin man dies in Tunk Lake

    Franklin man dies in Tunk Lake

    TOWNSHIP 10 — A Franklin man died while launching his boat on Tunk Lake Monday. Cpl. John MacDonald, spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said Ronald Thomas, 74, of Franklin died after he went into the water and began swimming after his drifting 16-foot boat. Thomas was launching the boat at

  • Bucksport reduces power plant assessment

    Bucksport reduces power plant assessment

    BUCKSPORT — The town of Bucksport has reduced the assessed value of AIM Development Corp.’s power generating plant for the current fiscal year and the next two years, according to Assessor Jef Fitzgerald. The $10-million reduction was about half of what AIM had sought—in part because the plant brought on new technology in April called