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  • Buoy bell thieves range along Maine coast

    Buoy bell thieves range along Maine coast

    ELLSWORTH — From the days when sailing vessels were the primary means of transportation along the Maine coast, mariners have relied on the clang and bang of bell and gong buoys to warn them away from offshore dangers that can sink a vessel that strays from safe waters. Over the past several months, though, nine

  • West Enfield man in critical condition after crash

    West Enfield man in critical condition after crash

    ELLSWORTH — A 31-year-old West Enfield man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after he was thrown off his motorcycle following a crash on the Bangor Road on Aug. 25, said Ellsworth Police Capt. Troy Bires. According to a preliminary police report of the incident, a car driven by a 59-year-old Lamoine resident

  • Truck roll-over in Trenton

    Truck roll-over in Trenton

    TRENTON — The driver of a cement truck that fell on its side Monday morning on Oak Point Road suffered only minor injuries, officials said. The accident closed the road for part of the day. A Sargent Materials truck nearly full to capacity turned on its side on Oak Point Road, just beyond the intersection

  • Blue Hill Fair show contestants picked at Grand

    Blue Hill Fair show contestants picked at Grand

    ELLSWORTH — The judging was tough, but a dozen performers Thursday night were chosen from a talent-rich pool of 20 contestants to compete in the “Hancock County’s Got Talent!” show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, on stage at the Blue Hill Fair. At Thursday night’s qualifying contest, the contestants ranged widely in age from

  • Ellsworth schools tighten security

    Ellsworth schools tighten security

    ELLSWORTH — The last weeks of August are often a scramble to squeeze in one last beach day between gathering clothes and supplies. But for many, the excitement that accompanies the back-to-school shuffle has in recent years been tinged with anxiety for parents who can’t help but wonder: how safe are my kids at school?

  • County Ambulance to close August 31

    County Ambulance to close August 31

    ELLSWORTH — County Ambulance will shut down on Aug. 31 after 45 years serving Ellsworth and surrounding towns. “It’s been a long run, a good run,” said John Partridge, the company’s owner, who notified the city of his intentions on Monday and the state on Tuesday. “It’s time for me to move on. There’s no

  • Demolition plan for old fire house

    Demolition plan for old fire house

    ELLSWORTH — The former Ticonic 4 Engine House, also known as the community building at Ellsworth Falls, may be torn down in the coming months. This is according to city Code Enforcement Officer Dwight Tilton and emails sent by Rick Harnum, senior vice president of Webber Group, which owns the property. Webber has not yet

  • City’s economic development director to retire

    City’s economic development director to retire

    ELLSWORTH — Micki Sumpter will retire from her position as economic development director beginning in October, according to a memo this week from City Manager David Cole. Sumpter will stay with the city on a part-time, temporary basis through June 2019 to assist with the transition, Cole wrote in the memo. Sumpter stepped into the

  • New attractions to highlight 2018 Blue Hill Fair

    New attractions to highlight 2018 Blue Hill Fair

    BLUE HILL — Move over, Wilbur, there’s a new pig in town. The annual Blue Hill Fair, which runs Thursday Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 3, will feature a livestock exhibit of Meishan, a breed nearly 5,000 years old. Roaring Lion Farm in Rumford will show its stock of Meishan, which have droopy ears and