Business

  • Solar firm considering East Blue Hill project

    Solar firm considering East Blue Hill project

    BLUE HILL — The largest privately owned commercial solar company in the United States is exploring the feasibility of a solar farm in East Blue Hill. “Borrego Solar is pursuing a project in Blue Hill, Maine, and is still in the early stages of working with Versant Power to determine the project’s feasibility,” said Ryan

  • Tradewinds gas stations and convenience stores have been sold

    Tradewinds gas stations and convenience stores have been sold

    BLUE HILL — Chuck and Belinda Lawrence have sold their gas stations, convenience stores and car washes to Energy North, a Lawrence, Mass.-based company. Energy North purchased the Tradewinds locations in Ellsworth, Orland, Veazie, Hampden, Brewer, Old Town, Eddington and Bangor. The Lawrences will continue to operate their Tradewinds grocery stores in Blue Hill and

  • Maine Coast Mall appeals its tax assessment

    Maine Coast Mall appeals its tax assessment

    ELLSWORTH — The city Board of Appeals on Aug. 24 voted to give the owners of the Maine Coast Mall a month to make their case for why the assessing department should cut the total valuation of several parcels, including the building housing T.J. Maxx and Hannaford, by 41 percent, or $7.52 million. “This has

  • South Gouldsboro wharf and lobster pound to be auctioned

    South Gouldsboro wharf and lobster pound to be auctioned

    GOULDSBORO — Overlooking Bunkers Cove, Gouldsboro Enterprise’s wharf and lobster pound as well as a three-bedroom year-round home and smaller lot are scheduled to be sold by Tranzon Auction Properties at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Ill health and an uncertain outcome have led the owner to sell her four Shore Road properties in

  • Out-of-state buyers boost home sales

    Out-of-state buyers boost home sales

    ELLSWORTH — “Absolutely nuts.” That’s how Dan Sargent, president of Sargent Real Estate, describes property sales this summer season. “High building costs, low interest rates, low inventory and the COVID situation,” said Sargent, have made 2020, which started out slow, looking to be “one of our best years ever.” Roughly 40 percent of buyers are

  • Construction to begin next year on Hancock solar farm

    Construction to begin next year on Hancock solar farm

    HANCOCK — A new solar facility is set to be built in Hancock as part of a massive development project currently underway across the state. An Irish company, BNRG Renewables, is partnering with Portland-based Dirigo Solar to oversee the building of the facility at Merrill’s Blueberry Farms on Thorsen Road in Hancock. The 60-acre, 20.3-megawatt

  • Business/professional briefs

    Tony C. McKim, president and CEO of First National Bank and its parent company, The First Bancorp, recently announced four staff promotions. At First National Wealth Management, Peter Nicholson has been promoted to senior vice president, senior portfolio manager. He began his career at the bank in 2015 as portfolio manager. Nicholson is part of

  • City AAA branch is closing

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth branch of AAA Northern New England will close Aug. 31, according to a company spokesman. “We have been in touch with our members in that region to make sure they are aware how they can access service via phone, AAA.com and the next closest office,” said Patrick Moody. AAA is North

  • Versant Power builds new substation in Blue Hill

    Versant Power builds new substation in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — Versant Power, formerly Emera Maine, has built a new substation on the Ellsworth Road near Turkey Farm Road in Blue Hill to replace an aging 50-year-old facility at the bottom of Greene’s Hill. “We are now completing line work needed to move customers to the new substation,” said Versant spokeswoman Judy Long.

  • New bakery and craft store opening in September

    New bakery and craft store opening in September

    ELLSWORTH — Want to have a glass of wine, eat some zucchini bread and take a painting class? You’re in luck. Hailee Carter and Teagan Candage plan on opening The Crafty Baker, a bake shop/craft store, at 56 Deane St. this September. “I started baking from a young age with my grandmother,” said Carter, who

  • Whole Oceans opens Bucksport office

    Whole Oceans opens Bucksport office

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans announced Monday that it has opened a new office in Bucksport as the base of the company’s operations. Whole Oceans will be building a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) that will be used to raise Atlantic salmon on the site of the former Verso paper mill. The office is located at

  • COVID-positive blueberry workers complete isolation

    COVID-positive blueberry workers complete isolation

    ELLSWORTH — Workers at Hancock Foods who tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago “have completed their entire cycle of isolation and are beginning the process of being classified as recovered and thus returning to work,” said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at a briefing on