Business

  • Customer Calls Drop as FairPoint Looks to Future Under New CEO

    ELLSWORTH — FairPoint Communications officials hope to resume normal operations by June 30, a deadline established in a stabilization plan filed with the state in March. Two days after that date, a new chief executive officer will take control of the North Carolina-based company, which has been beleaguered by criticism since it took over Verizon

  • Business Still Booming for Scammers

    ELLSWORTH — Bob Hedger received a telephone call in early April from police in Toronto, Canada, telling him his grandson, Sam, had been in a car accident and was not hurt, but had to pay a car rental agency $5,800 before he could leave the country. The callers also gave Hedger a number for the

  • Area Home Foreclosures Up Slightly

    ELLSWORTH — Community banks in Hancock County and throughout Maine avoided the ill-conceived lending practices that led to more than 2 million home foreclosures nationwide last year, but rising unemployment and declining real estate prices are contributing to a slight increase in the number of foreclosures initiated by local banks. Joe Murphy, president of Bar

  • Above Average Blueberry Crop Expected

    ORONO — Maine’s wild blueberry crop is expected to be better than average this year due to the “excellent” pollination of the blueberry bushes by bees, according to David Yarborough, a blueberry specialist at the University of Maine. There are 60,000 acres of wild blueberries in Maine fields and blueberry barrens stretching from Downeast to

  • KeyBank Names New Manager, Christopher Klenk

    KeyBank recently announced that Christopher Klenk has been named manager of the Ellsworth branch, located at 162 High St. Klenk is responsible for maximizing branch productivity, maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction and managing the employees within the branch. Previously, Klenk was branch manager for Border Trust Co. in Augusta and South China. He

  • Jamie O’Keefe Named 2009 Realtor of the Year

    Local real estate broker Jamie O’Keefe has been named the 2009 Realtor of the Year by the Hancock-Washington Board of Realtors. O’Keefe currently serves as the president-elect of the Hancock-Washington Board of Realtors. He produces the Ellsworth-based organization’s monthly newsletter and heads its fund raising committee. Last year, he spearheaded a raffle that raised more

  • Kathleen Ruggerio Joins Union Trust

    Kathleen Ruggerio recently joined Union Trust, a division of Camden National Bank, as a new market manager for the bank’s branches in Blue Hill and Stonington. Joining existing team members in Blue Hill and Stonington, in her new role Ruggerio will be responsible for the daily management of the branches and their staff. In addition,

  • Ellsworth Chamber Honors Its Own

    ELLSWORTH — Service, success and entrepreneurial spirit were toasted last Thursday night at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s 54th annual meeting at the Holiday Inn.

  • Development Faces Hurdles

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the developer of a proposed 40-home subdivision as the project goes through subdivision review by the town’s planning board.