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  • Hancock County Court July 1 to July 31

    Hancock County Court July 1 to July 31

    The following cases were adjudicated, reviewed or continued in Hancock County Court, according to official records: July 1 to July 31 Matthew Arron Smart, 40, Southwest Harbor. Burglary at Northeast Harbor, March 30, 2015. Department of Corrections 18 months, probation revoked. Possession of hypodermic apparatuses at Ellsworth, Dec. 31, 2018. $400. Jail 30 days. Unlawful

  • Summer building permit numbers fall

    ELLSWORTH — City officials issued 22 building permits in July, the same number as June, although builders this past month enjoyed considerably better weather. The numbers were down slightly compared to July 2018, when 24 permits were issued. The combined number of permits issued over June and July (often the busiest months for building) has

  • Quarry Fest event announces new nonprofit

    Quarry Fest event announces new nonprofit

    SULLIVAN — Sculptor Obadiah Buell will be celebrating his parents’ legacy Saturday, Aug. 17, with an event he’s calling Quarry Fest. Starting at 10 a.m., Quarry Fest will offer games, demonstrations, a bonfire and fireworks to announce the formation of The Granite Art Garden, a nonprofit organization offering an artist-in-residence program, classes and opportunity for

  • EA columnist speaks on the American century

    EA columnist speaks on the American century

    ELLSWORTH — Is the American century over? How did it begin? Can the United States share power with an ascendant China? Those were the main topics of discussion at an annual lecture by Woodrow Wilson Center senior scholar and Ellsworth American columnist Marvin Ott on Tuesday afternoon. Ott addressed a packed auditorium at the Moore

  • Friends in Action gets $40,000 for adults to play

    Friends in Action gets $40,000 for adults to play

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth area adults and seniors will soon have a new place to play and get fit. City officials and Friends in Action received word this week that the city had been awarded a $40,000 grant to install several pieces of fitness equipment, game tables and benches at Knowlton Park. “It’s really for the

  • UMaine leaders optimistic about future of Machias campus

    UMaine leaders optimistic about future of Machias campus

    MACHIAS — The University of Maine at Machias is a work in progress, its leaders say. In March 2016, amid declining enrollment and increasing financial pressures, University of Maine officials decided to form a “primary partnership” between UMM and the larger University of Maine system. In short, the two institutions would merge resources such as

  • City hires new planner

    City hires new planner

    ELLSWORTH — After several months of searching and a few twists and turns, the city of Ellsworth has hired a planner to start Sept. 3. J.E. “Jef” Fitzgerald resigned his post as town assessor in Bucksport this week to take the job in Ellsworth. He worked in Bucksport for roughly eight years, according to The

  • Teens learn to grow their own food

    HARRINGTON — Last month at Narraguagus Junior/Senior High School, seven teens, assisted by teachers and community volunteers, were hard at work building a new garden on a corner of the campus. The effort was part of Teen Ag week. The six-day program was a collaborative effort between Healthy Acadia and Narraguagus’s Future Farmers of America

  • Ellsworth High School honor roll

    The following students were named to the fourth quarter honor roll at Ellsworth High School: Grade 12 Highest honors: Dawson Bishoff, Kaylee Bosse, Emily R. Brown, Elliana Clarke, Atticus Deeny, James Doty, Olivia Dyer, Carter Frank, Lydia Gatcomb, Keegan Grey, Sidney Hamilton, Emma Henry, Kaitlin McCullough, Emma McKechnie, Miriam Nelson, Aaron Palmer, Samuel Pelletier, Maria

  • Apartments proposed off Bucksport Road

    ELLSWORTH — On Wednesday evening, Aug. 7, the Planning Board unanimously approved as complete an application for two one-story apartment buildings and two storage buildings on Carriage Way, a subdivision off the Bucksport Road located just before Forest Ridge Campground. The buildings will each be 5,420 square feet, with six units in each, on a