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  • Cottontail Cottage moving, expanding

    Cottontail Cottage moving, expanding

    CHERRYFIELD — An animal rescue organization is moving to Cherryfield. Cottontail Cottage Animal Sanctuary, formerly known as Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue, has moved from Lamoine to a new 50-acre property in order to expand its rescue work. The group will soon be able to provide permanent sanctuary to farm animals, senior and special-needs dogs, feral

  • New furniture store opens in Gouldsboro

    New furniture store opens in Gouldsboro

    GOULDSBORO — Don’t be surprised if you manage to walk away from Maine’s Choice Wholesale one day with a piece of furniture for as little as 10 cents. While it certainly won’t happen every day, what co-owner Chris Crawley dubs “crazy sales” will be part of the marketing plan for the store, which opened in

  • LUPC approves new rules for development in the unorganized territories

    ELLSWORTH — On April 2, with little of the divisiveness that accompanied the initial hearings, the nine-member Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) unanimously approved changes to regulations that will govern how land is managed in roughly half the state. The new rules scrap the longstanding “one-mile rule” governing development in the unorganized territories. That rule

  • Suicide intervention training scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Access Health, will host an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on Thursday and Friday, May 9-10, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 130 Beechland Road in Ellsworth. The sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The two-day training uses an

  • Twice blessed

    Twice blessed

    SURRY — Launching a new boat should always be a joyful event and last week’s launching of a new boat for the Maine Marine Patrol by Wesmac Custom Boats was extra special for young Brayson Dunton, who joined Spc. Sean Dow (left) and Officer Jeff Turcotte on the boat’s maiden voyage from the Surry launching

  • Shellfish farming is likely to expand in Taunton Bay

    HANCOCK — There was a time when the announcement that a shellfish farmer was going to hold a scoping session to talk about expanding operations in Taunton Bay would likely have produced howls of outrage and a large, hostile turnout at the event itself. That time seems to have passed. Last Thursday, the Taunton Bay

  • Cozy quarters, but ambulance-fire partnership is going well

    Cozy quarters, but ambulance-fire partnership is going well

    ELLSWORTH — A partnership between the city and Bangor-based ambulance service Northern Light Medical Transport is going well, Ellsworth Fire Department Chief Richard Tupper told councilors on Monday evening. “This is a very, very good working relationship we’ve had with them,” Tupper said. “There have been a few learning curves and adjustments, but nothing too

  • Stonington man sentenced for failure to pay taxes

    Stonington man sentenced for failure to pay taxes

    ELLSWORTH — A Stonington man was ordered to pay $51,604 in restitution and placed on administrative release for a year as part of a plea deal in for failure to file Maine income taxes, according to his defense attorney. Ellsworth defense attorney Robert Van Horn represents Kevin Clough, 53. “He was charged with a number