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  • Lifejackets for Lobstermen heading back Downeast

    Lifejackets for Lobstermen heading back Downeast

    BLUE HILL – The Lifejackets for Lobstermen Project has two vans that, by the end of October, will have visited 43 harbors along the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts. Stocked with 11 different models of lifejackets and buoyancy aids, the vans are giving fishermen everywhere the opportunity to try on personal flotation devices (PFDs) to

  • Right whales and lobsters: what to do?

    Right whales and lobsters: what to do?

    ELLSWORTH — When the Maine Lobstermen’s Association informed the National Marine Fisheries Service at the end of August that it was withdrawing its support for the agency’s proposed whale protection rules, it also offered a list of 10 “actions” NMFS should take. The proposed rules could force lobstermen to remove half their vertical buoy lines

  • Old bus becomes locomotive paradise

    Old bus becomes locomotive paradise

    FRANKLIN — The old bus on Michael Pokoney’s property doesn’t run. But, it’s full of motion. Inside, on a platform near the bus’s ceiling, model trains run in different directions on five separate tracks. These range from a steam locomotive pulling boxcars to a more modern-styled passenger train. Model buildings, rock ledges and even people

  • Enrollment up at EHS, down slightly at EEMS

    Enrollment up at EHS, down slightly at EEMS

    ELLSWORTH — Enrollment is “healthy” at Ellsworth schools, said Superintendent Dan Higgins at a School Board meeting on Tuesday evening. “We’re looking at a total increase of 42 students,” at Ellsworth High School compared to April of last year, said Higgins, who said his numbers, current as of Tuesday afternoon, put enrollment at 504 students,

  • Police issue 70-plus traffic citations

    Police issue 70-plus traffic citations

    ELLSWORTH — Police have been out in force conducting speeding and traffic enforcement details around the city in recent weeks, issuing more than 70 traffic tickets since Aug. 27. The following drivers were summoned for allegedly traveling 64 mph in a 55-mph-zone on the Bangor Road between Aug. 27 and Sept. 5: Jesse Burns, 20,

  • “Dump Garden” flourishing in third season

    “Dump Garden” flourishing in third season

    STONINGTON — The lovingly nicknamed “Dump Garden,” a project of Ready by 21 Mentoring, is having success in its third growing season. Ready by 21 Mentoring is a privately funded organization that helps island students prepare for life after high school. The Garden Project features a greenhouse, multiple beds of vegetables and flowers and a

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Sept. 12

    Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Sept. 12

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle head-on collision that injured three on Route 1 in Orland early Saturday morning. Orland Fire Chief Bob Conary said the drivers and a passenger had to be extricated from the car and van. Meanwhile, “due to the complexity of the crash,” the Fire Department

  • Scholarship will honor Sumner grad

    Scholarship will honor Sumner grad

    SULLIVAN — This Sunday, community members are invited to get some exercise in memory of Whitney Doughty. Money raised by the Live Like Whitney 5K Run and Walk will benefit the Whitney Doughty Memorial Scholarship, which is being established in memory of the 2011 Sumner Memorial High School graduate who died in an all-terrain vehicle

  • Hancock County Jail log week of Sept. 12

    Hancock County Jail log week of Sept. 12

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5: Aaron S. Higgins, 35, Bar Harbor, criminal trespass. Brandon T. Argires, 32, Tucson, Ariz., domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening. Joshua L. Cobb, 31, Ellsworth, violating conditions of release, unlawful drug possession. Joshua M. Smith, 29, Orland, two