Maine news from Ellsworth, Bucksport, Gouldsboro, Blue Hill, Sullivan, Surry, Hancock, Deer Isle, Stonington, Orland and throughout Hancock County.

  • Maine Maritime campus to reopen Aug. 31

    Maine Maritime campus to reopen Aug. 31

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy will reopen its campus and resume some in-person courses beginning Aug. 31, college President William J. Brennan announced July 9. “Our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to develop ways in which we can deliver a rigorous academic experience for our students while also prioritizing the health and safety

  • Hospice Regatta a success despite fog and COVID-19

    Hospice Regatta a success despite fog and COVID-19

    MOUNT DESERT — Neither fog on the water nor the fog of a world-changing pandemic could put a stop to the annual Hospice Regatta, sailed last weekend in and around the waters of Mount Desert Island’s Great Harbor. In its 24th year, the principal fundraiser of the Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County attracted dozens of

  • ConvenientMD opening delayed by pandemic

    ConvenientMD opening delayed by pandemic

    ELLSWORTH — ConvenientMD, an urgent care clinic slated to open this summer, will delay its opening to spring of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, company Marketing Director Adam Rosenthal said in an email last week. “Due to the effects of COVID-19 on construction, the opening of our ConvenientMD clinic in Ellsworth is now moved

  • Governor proclaims July 13 Ashley Bryan Day

    Governor proclaims July 13 Ashley Bryan Day

    AUGUSTA — Governor Janet Mills has proclaimed Monday, July 13, as Ashley Frederick Bryan Day in honor of the renowned Islesford artist, author and illustrator on the occasion of his 97th birthday. The proclamation declares that Bryan has “enriched the lives of island residents, visitors and schoolchildren in Maine and around the world” with over

  • MMA training ship departs

    MMA training ship departs

    CASTINE — The training ship State of Maine headed away from the Castine dock on Friday morning, five days after residents raised concerns at a selectmen’s meeting about sewage effluent, pollution and noise from the docked ship. The ship will dock at the Sprague Terminal in Searsport on Friday, said Maine Maritime Academy President William

  • Pandemic alters racing calendar

    Pandemic alters racing calendar

    BROOKLIN — Since its start in 1985, the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta has grown into the highlight of Maine’s summer yacht racing season. For nearly 30 years, the WoodenBoat School has served as the base for the race’s shoreside activities: a gathering place for crew members joining boats in the racing fleet anchored off the school’s

  • Pioneering students win cash prizes

    Pioneering students win cash prizes

    BLUE HILL — For most of this year before the pandemic, 14-year-old Ian Bowden would catch the bus to George Stevens Academy. But on at least one occasion, “I missed my bus on the way to school — it came earlier than I was at the bus stop,” Ian said. “I was so frustrated because

  • Funds approved for Lamoine transfer station redesign

    LAMOINE — The town is forging ahead with its long-term plan to cut solid waste costs as a result of the June 24 annual Town Meeting. Voters approved the use of $50,000 to cover engineering costs for the transfer station’s redesign to house a compactor for compressing garbage. That design work will be put out

  • Wardens rescue two hikers on Black Mountain

    TOWNSHIP 10 — Maine game wardens rescued two hikers on Black Mountain Wednesday afternoon, taking turns carrying one of them down the mountain on their backs, and barely getting both down before severe thunderstorms hit the area. The stranded hikers called 911 at about 3:30 p.m. July 8 seeking help and medical assistance. Game wardens

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of July 9

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of July 9

    WINTER HARBOR — A mulch fire broke out June 16 at a West Oval residence on Grindstone Neck. Police assisted at the scene while the Gouldsboro/Winter Harbor Fire Department put out the fire. The property’s caretaker attributed the fire to accumulated mulch over the years. Burned mulch ash was found below the garden’s surface, Police