Business

  • Getting acquainted in Castine

    Getting acquainted in Castine

    CASTINE — Community members braved the mud and potholes to join the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce for its Cabin Fever Reliever Business Open House earlier this month at Compass Rose Books in Castine. The open house series, which started in January, provides area chamber members an opportunity to host a public reception at

  • Sullivan Harbor Farm back in business

    Sullivan Harbor Farm back in business

    HANCOCK — Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse, a smoked salmon retailer that was shut down several years ago after losing its license from the Food and Drug Administration, is set to reopen at the end of March. The reopening had been delayed by the federal government shutdown in December, but on Tuesday, owner Leslie Harlow celebrated

  • Bangor Savings Bank named one of world’s best banks

    Bangor Savings Bank recently earned a spot in the first-ever World’s Best Banks rankings released by Forbes. The company is ranked 22nd and is the only Maine-based bank in the ranking of 60 United States banks based on surveys by bank customers. Bank scores were based on overall recommendation and satisfaction in addition to evaluations

  • Coastal Auto Parts NAPA is Top Drawer

    Coastal Auto Parts NAPA is Top Drawer

    ELLSWORTH — On a recent Tuesday morning, the four Boles siblings gathered in an upstairs conference room at their Coastal Auto Parts NAPA store on the Downeast Highway. The topic was the news that they had won the 2019 Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Top Drawer Award. The award is given every year to “an

  • New leader cites Jackson Lab’s “rapid growth”

    New leader cites Jackson Lab’s “rapid growth”

    ELLSWORTH — The Jackson Laboratory’s new chief operating officer and executive vice president, Catherine “Katy” Longley, has a message for the region: the lab is hiring and the jobs are good. “We still are in a rapid growth mode,” said Longley in an interview at the lab’s Bar Harbor campus. “We have good quality jobs,

  • MRC Director Greg Lounder stepping down

    ELLSWORTH — With Fiberight’s Coastal Resources of Maine facility preparing to accept deliveries of waste next month, the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) has announced that longtime Executive Director Greg Lounder is stepping down next month to explore new career opportunities. “Twenty-five years of dedicated service will be difficult to replace,” said MRC Board President Chip

  • Three Woodlawn trustees seated at annual meeting

    Three Woodlawn trustees seated at annual meeting

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, governing board of Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park, held its annual meeting and dinner on Jan. 25, at the Black House in Ellsworth. At the meeting, the trustees welcomed two new members and one returning member to the board. Chelsea Sawyer of Ellsworth and Robert Worrell

  • Bank donates $100,000 to Jackson Lab leadership fund

    BAR HARBOR — On Feb. 14, representatives from the Bangor Savings Bank visited the Jackson Laboratory’s Bar Harbor campus to present a gift of $100,000 toward the Charles E. Hewett, Ph.D., Leadership Excellence Fund. The Charles E. Hewett, Ph.D., Leadership Excellence Fund was established in August of 2018 in honor of former Jackson Laboratory executive

  • Tony Sohns, bug-loving businessman, dies at 41

    Tony Sohns, bug-loving businessman, dies at 41

    ELLSWORTH — Tony Sohns, whose love of the natural world extended to the creepy and crawly and whose family-run Rock & Art shops enliven area downtowns, died Feb. 6 of a heart attack while on a business trip in Arizona. He was 41. To many, especially children who participated in his natural science workshops, Sohns