Business

  • Despite voter approval, Surry not yet ready for marijuana businesses

    Despite voter approval, Surry not yet ready for marijuana businesses

    SURRY — While voters here on Nov. 3 said “yes” to allowing recreational marijuana businesses in town, it will be a while before local regulations have been amended to allow that industry to occur. Residents voted 572-504 to allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and

  • Pizza for the win: Fogtown sweeps business pitch-off

    Pizza for the win: Fogtown sweeps business pitch-off

    ELLSWORTH — What’s in a pitch? For five Hancock and Washington county entrepreneurs, their pitches would decide who would win cash to grow their business. With a $3,500 judges’ prize and a $3,500 audience prize on the table in the first annual Downeast Business Boot Camp & Pitch-off Nov. 5, Ellsworth’s Fogtown Brewing Co. won

  • Waltham subdivision popular with out-of-state buyers

    Waltham subdivision popular with out-of-state buyers

    WALTHAM — Out-of-state buyers are snapping up lots in a newly revived subdivision on Graham Lake, according to deed records. The lots are on an approximately 1,000-acre Waltham property that was sold at auction in 2018, according to past reporting in The American. The parcel was among more than 7,000 acres belonging to the estate

  • Appeals board grants mall owners partial tax abatement

    Appeals board grants mall owners partial tax abatement

    ELLSWORTH — After two lengthy hearings, members of the city Board of Appeals voted unanimously on Sept. 28 to lower the 2019-2020 assessed value of the largest Maine Coast Mall building by roughly $2.5 million, to $12.5 million, but rejected other tax appeals by the mall’s owners on nearby properties. Valuing the mall building at

  • 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