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  • Apartments for homeless vets under construction

    Apartments for homeless vets under construction

    MILBRIDGE — In 2017, the Maine Homeless Veterans Action Committee helped to house 192 veterans. Yet that same year, 278 veterans became homeless. In 2019, though, Downeast Community Partners (DCP) is constructing apartments to ensure that at least two homeless veterans will find a place to live. “These apartments will be specifically for homeless veterans,”

  • Poliquin ends recount

    Poliquin ends recount

    ELLSWORTH — Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced on Friday that he is ending the recount of ballots in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. In an announcement posted to Poliquin’s personal Twitter account, he continued to reiterate that he received more votes than Democratic challenger Jared Golden on Election Day, and indicated that his decision was motivated

  • Building permits up in October, down in cold, snowy November

    Building permits up in October, down in cold, snowy November

    ELLSWORTH — Building around the city was up in October but slowed considerably in November compared to last year. Weather hampered construction: temperatures dipped below average, while snowfall and high winds swept through the state. City staff issued 11 building permits, mainly for small alterations and accessory structures. Last year, a mild November resulted in

  • Students’ Christmas stories, art to appear in next week’s EA

    ELLSWORTH — Tales and artwork inspired by the holiday trees on display at Woodlawn will appear on special pages in next week’s Ellsworth American. Students from the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School visited the cunningly decorated Christmas trees at Woodlawn earlier this month and variously wrote stories evoked by the trees or drew images of the trees.

  • November births at Northern Light Maine Coast

    November births at Northern Light Maine Coast

    Downeast births at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth   To Elizabeth and Thomas Conary of Trenton, a daughter, Willow Rae, Nov. 1. To Sarah Willey and James Welch of Cherryfield, a son, James Welch III, Nov. 8. To Margaret Wentworth and Derek Cole of Bucksport, a daughter, Edith Elizabeth, Nov. 13. To Molly Munn

  • Judge denies Poliquin lawsuit

    Judge denies Poliquin lawsuit

    ELLSWORTH — A federal judge Thursday morning rejected the claim made by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin that ranked choice voting was unconstitutional, as well as the Republican congressman’s request to conduct a new election. U.S. District Court Judge Lance Walker ruled against the argument put forth by Poliquin’s legal team that congressional elections should be

  • Bustling builder Bates a man of many hats

    Bustling builder Bates a man of many hats

    ELLSWORTH — If it feels like Jonathan Bates is everywhere these days, that’s because in a way, he is. Bates is office manager, developer, landlord and just about everything else behind Stone Park Properties LLC. “I often struggle with delegating,” Bates admitted. But so far the long hours have been worth it. “This is my

  • Aunt and nephew indicted on meth lab charges

    Aunt and nephew indicted on meth lab charges

    ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County grand jury Dec. 6 indicted an aunt and nephew from Bucksport on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine in a Noel Way apartment in Bucksport Sept. 6. The grand jury indicted Jamie S. Matlack, 45, on two counts of aggravated operation of a methamphetamine laboratory and one count of unlawful drug possession.

  • Hancock County Jail log Dec. 3-12

    Hancock County Jail log Dec. 3-12

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Dec. 3 and 12: Ryan M. Drake, 33, Eddington, failure to appear. Jennifer G. Wright, 38, Bar Harbor, failure to appear. Patricia L. Mitchell, 45, Ellsworth, domestic violence assault. Mustafa H. Al Shuwaili, 26, Bar Harbor, failure to appear. Cory J. McMillan, 24,