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  • Ruth Foster’s to close after 35 years

    Ruth Foster’s to close after 35 years

    ELLSWORTH — First, let’s get one thing straight: Ruth Foster is not retiring. “Never retire,” says Foster. “Have something else to keep on doing.” She may not be retiring, but she is moving on. The longtime Ellsworth resident and former state legislator sold the Main Street building which houses her iconic children’s shop, Ruth Foster’s,

  • Bucksport Police log week of Nov. 21

    Bucksport Police log week of Nov. 21

    BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Police last week charged a local man who is prohibited from having contact with children under age 14. Deputy Chief David Winchester said Wilbur Rytky, 45, was summoned on a charge of having prohibited contact with a minor, which is a Class E misdemeanor. Rytky has previous convictions for sexual assault,

  • Search continues for Bucksport woman

    Search continues for Bucksport woman

    BUCKSPORT — Police are looking for a woman who went missing the morning of Nov. 11. That’s the same day her Town Farm Road home was damaged by fire. The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire. Aza Jerome Vasylyk is 56 and a native of Ukraine. She does not speak fluent English, according

  • Lost hikers found safe

    ORLAND — Maine game wardens rescued two Ellsworth women Saturday night after they became lost on Great Pond Mountain in Orland. Patricia Mason, 36, and Kathy Doyle, 60, hiked the mountain Saturday afternoon, but darkness fell before they headed back down from the summit, according to a statement from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries

  • Convenient MD, Community Foundation projects permitted

    ELLSWORTH — The weather may be turning, but that hasn’t slowed building in the city. Code Enforcement staff issued 23 building permits in October, up slightly compared to the same month last year, when 21 permits were issued. Several large projects are in the works for business and homeowners. Urgent care clinic Convenient MD broke

  • Lost hikers rescued in Orland

    ORLAND — Maine game wardens rescued two Ellsworth women Saturday night after they became lost on Great Pond Mountain in Orland. Patricia Mason, 36, and Kathy Doyle, 60, hiked the mountain Saturday afternoon, but darkness descended before they headed back down from the summit, according to a statement from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries

  • New hiking trail open in Ellsworth

    New hiking trail open in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — On Oct. 29, Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) opened a new trail at its new preserve, Jordan Homestead, in Ellsworth. The preserve — 31 acres with 3,000 feet of water frontage — was owned by the same family for over 200 years. FBC protected the property in 2017, ensuring the preservation of its heritage

  • Be a Santa to a senior this holiday season

    BLUE HILL — Home Instead Senior Care is once again offering the community a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the Be a Santa to a Senior program, community members can give a senior a special holiday gift. Since the program’s inception in 2003, the Be a Santa to a Senior program has

  • Ella Lewis students honor veterans

    Ella Lewis students honor veterans

    STEUBEN — Things changed for Suzanne Harmon when she became a Marine and started driving huge military vehicles. “I went from 16-inch tires to 1,700-pound tires,” she told the crowd at Ella Lewis Elementary School in Steuben Nov. 8. Harmon, of Sullivan, addressed students, teachers and members of the community during the school’s Veterans Day