• Big changes in store for crucial herring fishery

    Big changes in store for crucial herring fishery

    ELLSWORTH — For such a small fish, herring play a critical role in the ecosystem of the Gulf of Maine. Only a few inches long, the plankton-eating fish are an important prey species, providing food for top marine predators, and are an important source of bait for Maine’s $547-million lobster industry. In the Gulf of

  • Commissioners support reparations board proposal

    Commissioners support reparations board proposal

    ELLSWORTH — A group of concerned citizens, with help from the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office, is launching the Hancock County Reparations Board to help keep young offenders out of Maine’s juvenile corrections system. Board members Assistant District Attorney Heather Staples and Juvenile Community Corrections Officer John Bennoch spoke to the Hancock County Commissioners Dec.

  • MMA looks for new sailing coach

    MMA looks for new sailing coach

    CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy is looking for a new sailing coach. Judging by the job description posted on the academy’s website, the successful candidate may have to be Wonder Woman or Superman. The new coach will replace Caroline Councell, who took over the Mariners sailing team in November 2015. Before taking the helm full

  • MMA plots new course with planned fire training facility

    CASTINE — At a meeting last month, the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) board of trustees agreed to start work on a shipboard firefighting training facility in Penobscot. When it is completed by the start of classes next fall, school officials say, the facility will feature cutting-edge technology that will allow undergraduate students, graduate students, local

  • Market glut hits blueberry growers hard

    Market glut hits blueberry growers hard

    FRANKLIN — Jack Schmelzer, a blueberry farmer, tried what he could to make his fields profitable. He cultivated organic berries to get an organic certification and therefore a higher price. But he found the parameters set forth by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association were not cost-effective for blueberry farming. He sold extra berries

  • Autumn births at MDI Hospital

    Autumn births at MDI Hospital

    At Mount Desert Island Hospital In Bar Harbor A son, Walker Burns, was born Sept. 10 to Michelle and Dakota Burns of Bar Harbor. A son, Mason Spofford, was born Sept. 13 to Jaime and George Spofford of Salisbury Cove. A daughter, Hayley Merchant-Weed, was born Sept. 20 to Jordan Merchant and Cody Weed of

  • Local nonprofit gets $500K grant

    ELLSWORTH — Special Children’s Friends, a Hancock County nonprofit program for children with special needs, has received a $500,000 grant from the Next Generation Foundation. The funding will be used to significantly enhance the organization’s fledgling endowment fund. Annual income from the endowment will help support ongoing services for children and youth in Hancock County

  • Two injured in Gouldsboro crash

    GOULDSBORO — A crash on Route 1 Dec. 5 sent two people to the hospital. At about 6:40 a.m., Perez Ferreira Sergio, 30, of Milbridge was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer and carrying other passengers when he lost control of the vehicle. The Blazer then went down an embankment and rolled over. Police attributed the

  • Schoodic Institute names new CEO

    WINTER HARBOR — The Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park has named a new president and chief executive officer to run the organization, effective Jan 8 of next year. Don Kent, who most recently worked at an Arlington, Va., conservation-focused nonprofit called NatureServe Inc., was named president and CEO at Schoodic Institute on Thursday. He