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  • DA’s race turns testy in dispute over hiring

    DA’s race turns testy in dispute over hiring

    ELLSWORTH — Waters in the race for district attorney have been roiling this week. In an email to Hancock County Commissioners on Sept. 18, candidate Steve Juskewitch made the first splash, asking commissioners to delay hiring an administrative assistant/legal secretary until after the election on Nov. 6. District Attorney Matt Foster took to Facebook to

  • Ticonic firehouse building demolition postponed

    Ticonic firehouse building demolition postponed

    ELLSWORTH — The former Ticonic firehouse was thrown a lifeline this week. Webber Energy, which had been issued demolition permits for the firehouse and the barn behind it, “volunteered to wait” to tear down the buildings until after an Appeals Board hearing scheduled for Oct. 22, Code Enforcement Officer Lori Roberts said Friday. Webber had

  • Journalist traces Maine attitudes to early settlement history

    Journalist traces Maine attitudes to early settlement history

    BLUE HILL — In an era when political leaders describe the press as the enemy of the American people and decry all criticism as fake news, perhaps 100 people sacrificed a beautiful Sunday afternoon to hear journalist and author Colin Woodard talk about Maine’s history and explain why Mainers are so independent. Woodard reports on

  • Pistol shooting course in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club will offer the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructors will review safety rules and procedures and support, coach and assist students as they handle pistols in a classroom and range setting. Ultimately, students will become more comfortable

  • City seeks input on future of emergency services

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors voted unanimously on Monday evening to hold public workshops to discuss the future of emergency medical services in the city, including possible licensing for the city’s fire and police departments. “It needs to go before the public and it needs to go before the council so it’s just not buried,” said

  • Sheriff makes another pitch for school resource officers

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane has proposed two school resource officers in his 2019 budget, which was presented during a budget workshop the Hancock County Commissioners held Sept. 13. However, Chairman Antonio Blasi immediately read a statement that he would not support “the revenues or expenditures” of a school resource officer because he

  • Nursing program expanded to Ellsworth

    Nursing program expanded to Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — In an effort to address the state’s shortage of nurses, University of Maine officials unveiled a plan to double enrollment and expand nursing degree programs in several rural areas, including Ellsworth. The plans were announced during a summit on aging in Augusta on Sept. 12. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will

  • City recyclables may be burned

    City recyclables may be burned

    ELLSWORTH — Residents should look for changes to the recycling program coming soon, said City Councilor Steve Beathem at the council’s meeting on Monday evening. “It’s just not sustainable the way it is,” Beathem said. Beathem told the audience that much of what is taken at the center “is not recyclable, it does not have

  • Fiberight “worth the wait,” no opening date set

    Fiberight “worth the wait,” no opening date set

    HAMPDEN — The process to build Fiberight’s Coastal Resources of Maine plant has been a laborious one, but as construction at the facility enters its final phases, Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul offered that the end result would ultimately be a “game-changer” and worth the wait to Maine communities. “You’re looking at the next generation of