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  • Homeless man charged with Birdsacre arson

    Homeless man charged with Birdsacre arson

    ELLSWORTH — A local homeless man with a criminal record was arrested over the weekend and charged with allegedly setting last year’s fire that badly damaged the museum at the Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary. Christopher J. Kidder, 31, is charged with arson, burglary, aggravated criminal mischief, reckless conduct and two counts of assault. District Attorney Matt

  • Home, occupants safe after dryer fire

    Home, occupants safe after dryer fire

    ELLSWORTH — Thanks to working smoke detectors, a Red Bridge Road family is safe after a fire started in a dryer Thursday morning. “Those working smoke detectors do make a significant difference in alerting and response times and being able to evacuate out of harm’s way,” said Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper. The residence belongs

  • Yep, we got snow – tons of it

    Yep, we got snow – tons of it

    CARIBOU — Downeast Maine, including Mount Desert Island, got record amounts of snow this past winter, according to recently released maps created by the National Weather Service (NWS) here. According to the NWS, the eastern side of MDI and areas surrounding Frenchman Bay got approximately 12 feet of snow. As much as two feet remains

  • Council gives away lots in Commerce Park

    Council gives away lots in Commerce Park

    ELLSWORTH — Land in Commerce Park has practically been given away in the past. Practically became literally in March, when the City Council gave three pieces of land there to the Ellsworth Business Development Corporation (EBDC) free of charge. Commerce Park was created by the city on a wooded hill off State Street in the

  • Grade A Surry school put on monitor list

    Grade A Surry school put on monitor list

    SURRY — There’s always room for improvement, even for schools with “A” grades from the Maine Department of Education. The Surry Elementary School, which the state has twice bestowed with an “A,” has been identified as a “monitor school.” “The reason they’re on the monitor list is the percentage of students’ proficiency went down,” said

  • Big budget hikes loom in RSU 24

    Big budget hikes loom in RSU 24

    ELLSWORTH — Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board members will begin wrestling April 7 with one of the trickiest issues on their plate — the budget for the upcoming school year. As proposed by the board’s Finance and Budget Committee, several communities will likely see significant increases. Although no official figures have been released,