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  • DI-S residents vote to keep high school

    DI-S residents vote to keep high school

    DEER ISLE — The people have voted — at least 971 of them — to keep educating high school students on the island and in the existing building. “It’s pretty overwhelming support for the school and the community,” said Community School District 13 School Board Chairman Jane Osborne. “It was quite a turnout.” Higher than

  • Dam owner contests cap on water levels

    ELLSWORTH — It’s all a matter of perspective. Last November, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a 400-plus-page draft environmental assessment for the application by Black Bear Hydro Partners LLC to renew its license to operate a hydroelectric project with two dams on the Union River. One is in downtown Ellsworth and impounds Leonard

  • State asks residents to help map internet service

    State asks residents to help map internet service

    ELLSWORTH — Thirty-five percent of households in Hancock County lack access to adequate internet service, according to data published in mid-January by ConnectME, the agency tasked with expanding broadband coverage in Maine. State officials want to change that, but first they need to know how fast your internet connection is. “Evaluating our broadband needs is

  • Blue Hill forum focuses on homelessness

    Blue Hill forum focuses on homelessness

    BLUE HILL — Homelessness has many facets. It isn’t just a person living on the streets or in a car or in a tent in the woods, according to Tracey Hair, executive director of the HOME Cooperative in Orland. Hair spoke about homelessness on a local, regional and statewide level at a forum at the

  • City Council to hear proposal on plastic bag ban

    City Council to hear proposal on plastic bag ban

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth residents are taking steps to join at least 19 communities, including Bar Harbor, Blue Hill and Belfast, that have regulated single-use plastic bags. At a City Council meeting on Feb. 11, members of the Ellsworth Green Action Team (EGAT) will present a draft ordinance that would ban single-use carryout plastic bags at

  • Plenty of activities on tap for Winter Carnival

    Plenty of activities on tap for Winter Carnival

    ELLSWORTH — This year’s Ellsworth Winter Carnival is scheduled to start Saturday, Feb. 9. Although snow has been intermittent this year, organizers are hopeful there will be enough powder for the snowshoeing, sledding and snowmobiling rides that are scheduled. But there are a variety of activities on tap that are not weather-dependent, including hoverboarding, swimming

  • Seal rescued from Bayside Road

    Seal rescued from Bayside Road

    ELLSWORTH — A seal pup made its way onto the Bayside Road on Friday morning. “There’s a little brook across the street from where it was,” just past the Spindle Road, said Maine Marine Patrol Spc. Sean Dow, adding that he was told the waters were high after yesterday’s rain. “I’m assuming maybe it found

  • Elver rules get tougher

    Elver rules get tougher

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s elver dealers will likely face stricter rules on where and how they do business when the 2019 fishing season gets underway. The fishing season for elvers opens March 22 and usually extends through June 7. Last year, though, the state closed the season two weeks early, on May 24. As a result