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  • Ellsworth Chamber holds unusual awards ceremony

    Ellsworth Chamber holds unusual awards ceremony

    ELLSWORTH — “I haven’t liked this summer at all,” said Brian Langley, co-owner of the Union River Lobster Pot, at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards ceremony on Thursday evening. “But you either adapt or perish, as they say.” It was an unusual summer, of course, and an unusual awards dinner: there was

  • Nonprofit quietly working to help city achieve economic goals

    ELLSWORTH —It may not be very visible, but the Ellsworth Business Development Corp. (EBDC) is here and working. That was the message from board members presenting to councilors at a meeting on Monday evening. “EBDC is a collaborator, not a competitor,” said Board Chairman John Fitzpatrick. “A resource to help implement economic development strategy.” The

  • Weaver Wind turbines up in Eastbrook, Osborn

    Weaver Wind turbines up in Eastbrook, Osborn

    OSBORN — A 22-turbine wind project known as Weaver Wind should be online by the end of the year at the latest, said Chief Development Officer Matt Kearns of Longroad Energy Partners, the company behind the project. “All of the towers are up,” said Kearns. “By the end of November, we will be electrically connected

  • Surry to vote on marijuana sales

    Surry to vote on marijuana sales

    SURRY — Voters during the Nov. 3 election will be asked whether to allow retail marijuana operations in Surry. Resident Karl Holmes had circulated a citizen’s petition last winter to get the question on the ballot. The question is: “Do you want to allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing and sale of marijuana products subject

  • City COVID-19 support coordinator hired

    City COVID-19 support coordinator hired

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia, in partnership with the city of Ellsworth, has hired a coordinator to connect local businesses to supportive resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sonya Connelly is serving as Ellsworth business outreach coordinator this fall as part of the city’s state-funded Keep ME Healthy initiative. Working with city staff, she provides proactive education

  • New composting business planned in Brooklin

    New composting business planned in Brooklin

    BROOKLIN — A Brooksville native has started a composting business and intends to compost commercially on two acres of a 51-acre parcel off the Hales Woods Road. Kate Tompkins of Sargentville is applying for a Maine Department of Environmental Protection permit. Once that is in hand, she will appear before the Brooklin Planning Board. “Chickadee

  • Mariaville Road solar project moving forward

    Mariaville Road solar project moving forward

    ELLSWORTH — An 11,000-panel solar project planned for two sites on the Mariaville Road can move forward after Planning Board members approved a decommissioning plan for the panels earlier this month. Board members had rejected a draft version of the decommissioning plan at first, said City Planner Theresa Oleksiw, worrying that it might leave taxpayers

  • Over $4M in new city construction permitted

    Over $4M in new city construction permitted

    ELLSWORTH — Roughly $4.22 million in construction has been permitted in the city since the beginning of May, a figure that, despite pandemic restrictions and lifestyle shifts, remained almost unchanged compared to the same timeframe last year. City staff issued 79 building permits for $4.27 million in construction between the beginning of May and the

  • Apple crop OK despite drought

    Apple crop OK despite drought

    ELLSWORTH — The apple trees are producing sweeter fruit than usual because of this year’s drought, but despite the lack of rain it should be an average year, growers report. “The flavors are really good,” said Brett Johnston, owner of Johnston’s Apple Orchard in Ellsworth. “The apple sugar is more concentrated during dry years.” But,

  • Carlisle to be inducted into MPA Hall of Fame

    Carlisle to be inducted into MPA Hall of Fame

    ELLSWORTH — Former Ellsworth American General Manager Terry Carlisle will be inducted into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame during the association’s virtual fall conference Oct. 24. The MPA’s Hall of Fame Committee selected Carlisle and the late Arthur Guesman as this year’s honorees. An Ellsworth native, Carlisle started working at The American in

  • RV campground retreat’s first phase wins local approval

    RV campground retreat’s first phase wins local approval

    GOULDSBORO — West Bay Acadia RV Campground, seeking to develop a 26-site recreational vehicle retreat offering privacy, high-speed internet and unspoiled views of West Bay, won approval last Tuesday night, Sept. 1, for the initial phase in its site plan from the Planning Board. The board’s 5-0 vote followed a public hearing and two open

  • MacQuinn awarded $2.6M carriage road contract

    HANCOCK — The National Park Service has awarded Hancock-based Harold MacQuinn Inc. a $2.68-million contract to rehabilitate Eagle Lake Carriage Road in Acadia National Park. In December, Acadia announced it was planning to rehabilitate over 6 miles of road surface and subgrade on the carriage road. The project also will include improving drainage, reconstructing several