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  • Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry start postponed

    Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry start postponed

    BAR HARBOR — Bay Ferries, the company planning to provide ferry service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, announced Friday the service will not be up and running by June 21, the first day the company had sold tickets for the route, because the terminal facility here will not be ready. “The earliest date

  • Six candidates for three Gouldsboro selectmen seats

    Six candidates for three Gouldsboro selectmen seats

    GOULDSBORO — Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Gouldsboro Board of Selectmen. Elections are June 11. Michael Bernier, Christopher Urquhart and Robert Youtt are running against each other to complete the unexpired term of former Selectman Bill Thayer, who died in April. Deborah Bisson, Walter Moore and incumbent Ernie West are seeking

  • City school  budget vote  is June 11

    City school budget vote is June 11

    ELLSWORTH — Voters will head to the polls on June 11 to vote on whether to approve the $22.6-million 2019-20 school budget. Taxpayers will be asked to come up with $11,675,247 to fund city schools, a 3 percent increase in the local appropriation over last year and a 5.78 percent increase in the expense budget

  • Healing on horseback

    Healing on horseback

    JONESBORO – Five-year-old Easton Appleby is the envy of his twin sisters, Evelyn and Claire. Since February, the Jonesboro boy has been regularly riding an Appaloosa-paint mix horse named Dusty at Whispering Pine Equine Alliance. “He loves it. He absolutely loves it,” said his mother, Devon Appleby. Easton’s sessions with Dusty aren’t just for fun,

  • Plastic bag ban bill passes House

    Plastic bag ban bill passes House

    ELLSWORTH — A bill to ban single-use plastic carryout bags statewide advanced in the Legislature this week, passing the House 91-52. It now heads to the Senate for a vote. “The business community is asking us for stability. Rather than grappling with a patchwork of local ordinances, they would prefer to have a universal statewide

  • Rainy days drying up, predicts Weather Service

    Rainy days drying up, predicts Weather Service

    ELLSWORTH — The long-range forecast calls for normal temperatures and lower than normal precipitation, according to the National Weather Service. “There’s a potential end in sight” to all the rainy, dreary weather, said John Cannon, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Gray. But don’t get too excited. There’s still a chance of rain

  • Pound of fentanyl seized in pair of busts

    Pound of fentanyl seized in pair of busts

        STEUBEN — Maine Drug Enforcement agents and area law enforcement have seized more than a pound of the powerful narcotic fentanyl valued at over $100,000 in busts in Steuben and Bangor this past week, MDEA Northern Division Commander Darrell Crandall announced on Tuesday. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency describes fentanyl as a synthetic

  • Planning Board to consider rezoning to allow single-family homes

    Planning Board to consider rezoning to allow single-family homes

    ELLSWORTH — Planning Department staff are proposing rezoning roughly 115 acres of land between Douglas Highway and High Street in the area across from Marden’s from commercial and rural to urban zoning. The land straddles Buttermilk Road and includes 17 parcels, including one behind Walmart. The changes would allow single-family homes to be built in

  • How do city taxes stack up? It depends

    How do city taxes stack up? It depends

    ELLSWORTH — It’s budgeting season again, and heading into the City Council’s final June 3 workshop it looks likely that taxes will go up again this year, at least slightly. While taxes may increase, officials often argue that Ellsworth’s tax rate compares favorably to other similar cities around Maine, especially service centers whose roads and