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  • Five COVID-19 cases reported at Island Nursing Home

    Five COVID-19 cases reported at Island Nursing Home

    DEER ISLE — The Island Nursing Home has five confirmed cases of COVID-19, executive director Matthew Trombley confirmed Wednesday. “We’ve had isolated incidents,” Trombley said. Three staff members who work once a week or less have tested positive and two residents have tested positive. “The staff members, ironically, the ones that are out, if we

  • Change of plans: City opts for ‘stationary’ parade

    Change of plans: City opts for ‘stationary’ parade

    ELLSWORTH – After seeking input from the state Department of Economic and Community Development, the city has decided to revise its plans for the Ellsworth Christmas parade scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5. City Council Chairman Dale Hamilton released the following statement Wednesday morning: “The parade committee has continued to evaluate conditions to determine if it

  • Bucksport looks to expand marina

    Bucksport looks to expand marina

    BUCKSPORT — The former mill town, home to an aquaculture facility in development, is channeling itself as a cruise port as well with plans to expand the capacity of the harbor. “The interest in our waterway especially since the closing of the Verso paper mill has only increased especially this year during the pandemic,” said

  • Seniors struggle with pandemic isolation

    Seniors struggle with pandemic isolation

    BUCKSPORT — What lies behind the numbers? While headlines share stark data of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths — a woman in her 90s from York County, a man in his 80s from Kennebec — and controlling the pandemic now shares the media stage with vaccine news, the elderly, who are most at risk from COVID-19’s

  • NOAA awards $850,000 for tracking, reporting lobster harvests

    NOAA awards $850,000 for tracking, reporting lobster harvests

    ELLSWORTH — Grant funds continue to flow into the Maine commercial lobster fishery on the heels of $2 million research grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative announced in September. NOAA is also behind these awards directed at monitoring the fishery: A grant of $250,000 to further test and

  • Complaint against city filed with Maine Human Rights Commission

    Complaint against city filed with Maine Human Rights Commission

    ELLSWORTH — A person has filed a complaint against the city of Ellsworth with the Maine Human Rights Commission, interim City Manager Glenn Moshier said Friday at the City Council’s weekly morning finance meeting and workshop. The complaint concerns using written correspondence rather than a sign language interpreter to communicate with someone and was filed

  • DMR to educate public on lease hearing process

    DMR to educate public on lease hearing process

    ELLSWORTH — Do you have thoughts or questions about a pending aquaculture lease application? Curious about how to engage in the lease hearing process? Three upcoming sessions will offer tips on how to participate. Maine Sea Grant and the state Department of Marine Resources are offering learning sessions for members of the public. Examples of

  • Jury trials still on hold

    Jury trials still on hold

    ELLSWORTH — As COVID-19 rages on, jury trials for both criminal and civil defendants have come to a halt in Hancock County. Defendants are being denied their rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution to a speedy trial and to be tried by a jury of one’s peers.  The courthouse is not large enough to

  • Verona man dies in crash

    Verona man dies in crash

    VERONA ISLAND — A Verona Island man died after his pickup truck went off the road and struck several large trees on Westside Drive in Verona Monday night, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. The deceased is Justin T. Gray, 26, said Lt. Tim Cote. The crash occurred at 7 p.m. Monday. Gray had been

  • COVID-19 exposure prompts Gouldsboro town office closure

    COVID-19 exposure prompts Gouldsboro town office closure

    GOULDSBORO — The Gouldsboro town office is closed and all scheduled public meetings were cancelled this week after a municipal employee recently had repeated contact with a local resident who has since tested positive for the coronavirus and is in self-quarantine. Some of the town’s dozen staffers either opted to self-quarantine for two weeks or

  • Sumner construction underway

    Sumner construction underway

    SULLIVAN — Construction of the future Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus is underway and, despite the pandemic, on time, said Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Superintendent Michael Eastman. “As of today, the timeline is still on track for occupancy in September 2022,” he said in an interview with The American on Monday.  Construction is