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  • Franklin OK’s another solar project

    Franklin OK’s another solar project

    The project is “participating in a state incentive program” and will provide power to small- and medium-sized businesses in Versant Power’s district, Bailey said. Per the project’s agreement with Versant, “We know we will be able to interconnect the system without causing any major upgrades to the grid,” he explained.

  • Sullivan selectmen deny another abatement request

    The Board of Selectmen Monday unanimously denied another abatement request at its regularly scheduled meeting. Henry Whitmore Jr. and Debra Whitmore requested that their property located along Route 1 be granted a property tax abatement, arguing that the property was unequally assessed, and that the assessment should reflect the market value.

    Selectman Roger Wakefield explained the property’s assessed value is $264,000, but the couple purchased the property for $164,000. “[The Whitmores want] us to change the valuation based on the sale price. Doesn’t work that way,” Wakefield said.

  • Mike Hangge recognized for 40 years of service to the city

    Mike Hangge recognized for 40 years of service to the city

    City Council Chairman Dale Hamilton recognized Mike Hangge for 40 years of service to the city, including as a member of the Ellsworth Fire Department, fire and life safety inspector and plans examiner. He was honored by Councilor Marc Blanchette (above) and all council members on Jan. 11.

  • COVID-19 vaccination plan updated; outbreak at Maine Coast Hospital

    COVID-19 vaccination plan updated; outbreak at Maine Coast Hospital

    ELLSWORTH — Maine residents are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination — but slowly. A total of 53,511 frontline health-care and other workers and residents of long-term care and nursing home facilities have been vaccinated since late December, with 8,493 of them receiving the required second dose, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Executive Director Dr.

  • Jackson Lab lands more than $100M in grants

    Jackson Lab lands more than $100M in grants

    The Jackson Laboratory received over $100 million in 2020 from new federal grants awarded for research and education programs across a range of fields: Alzheimer’s, cancer, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and COVID-19. The research institute pivoted last year to help with the COVID-19 effort, including processing tests for 60,000 Mainers at its Farmington, Conn., campus.

  • Airline owes airport almost $14,000

    Airline owes airport almost $14,000

    Silver Airways, which offered daily nonstop service between Bar Harbor and Boston for the past two summer seasons, hasn’t paid the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport for services rendered since June of 2020.

  • EHS students “disappearing”

    EHS students “disappearing”

    20 percent Ellsworth High School students are failing, Ellsworth High School Principal Dan Clifford told school board members on Tuesday, a number that’s far higher than the typical four to eight percent failing rate. “It has everything to do with attendance,” said Clifford.

  • Sorrento welcomes a new town clerk

    Sorrento welcomes a new town clerk

    Customers of the Sorrento town office who use the office’s walk-up window, which was set up due to the coronavirus pandemic, have been greeted by a new face since Jan. 4, after Birch Harbor resident Kathi Moore began her position as town clerk, a combination of clerk, treasurer and “jack of all trades.” (Sorrento does not have a town manager.)

  • Busy Blue Hill selectman resigns

    Busy Blue Hill selectman resigns

    Selectman Vaughn Leach, citing overwhelming demands from his roll-off container business due to the pandemic, has resigned from his seat on the board. “This is not an easy decision,” Leach said. “I didn’t want to let anybody down.”

  • Maine State Police Log Week of Jan. 14

    Maine State Police Log Week of Jan. 14

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police charged two people after investigating a theft of money from a vehicle parked at the Blue Hill Walgreens Sunday. Trooper Owen Reed summoned Jennifer Newbury, 40, of Sedgwick on a charge of theft. Reed summoned Sandra Dembowski, 34, of Blue Hill on a charge of operating after suspension. Sgt.

  • Hancock County Jail Log Week of Jan. 14

    Hancock County Jail Log Week of Jan. 14

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Jan. 4 and 10: Andrew P. Gerrish, 41, Springvale, failure to appear, violating conditions of release, operating after suspension. Mark S. Freeman, 52, Hancock, aggravated assault, domestic violence criminal threatening.  Lucas R. Lemoine, 39, Southwest Harbor, failure to appear. Kraig J. Ayotte, 30,