Business

  • 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

  • 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