• Homecoming for local intern

    Homecoming for local intern

    ELLSWORTH — The Heart of Ellsworth recently welcomed its summer intern, Miami, Fla., resident and college sophomore Robin Nilsson. Nilsson, who attends Cornell College in Iowa, has family in the Ellsworth area and is excited to return to Maine. “The community of Ellsworth has gifted me with so many valuable and exciting memories growing up,”

  • Hammond Lumber purchases EBS

    Hammond Lumber purchases EBS

    ELLSWORTH — Hammond Lumber Co. announced Wednesday that it had purchased EBS Building Supplies, which employs more 300 people across its 10 locations in Hancock, Washington and Knox counties. The announcement was made at the Ellsworth store. EBS also has locations in Bar Harbor, Belfast, Blue Hill, Bucksport, Calais, Camden, Cherryfield, Machias and Rockland. Hammond,

  • Construction begins at Town Auto site

    Construction begins at Town Auto site

    ELLSWORTH — Construction is under way on two buildings on the former site of Town Auto at 208 High St. The project, which has changed hands several times, is being developed by Michigan-based company Alrig USA. There will be two buildings totaling 15,081 square feet on the site. The spaces will house five tenants, four

  • Blue Hill Co-op to break ground on new store

    BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Cooperative intends to break ground in September on its new, larger store slated for South Street next to Mainescape Garden Center. “We plan to break ground after Labor Day with the goal of a soft opening in June 2019, followed by a grand opening in July 2019,” said General

  • Former auto showroom becomes antiques mall

    Former auto showroom becomes antiques mall

    ELLSWORTH — For the first time in six months, Shelly Bradsell took a day off from work. She and her husband, Tom, have spent the last half-year renovating a Route 1A building that now houses antiques ranging from a church stained glass window to heirloom fishing lures. Now open, 1A Relics also is home to

  • Local restaurant ditches plastic straws

    Local restaurant ditches plastic straws

    ELLSWORTH — If you’ve picked up a drink at Pat’s Pizza lately, you may have noticed something a little different — or absent, that is. In a move toward more sustainable dining, the restaurant recently made the switch to “straws upon request.” And soon, said General Manager Tim McCarthy, those plastic straws will be gone

  • Wood-fired pizza coming to Mill Mall

    Wood-fired pizza coming to Mill Mall

    ELLSWORTH — The secret to a good pizza, says Harry Luhrs, co-owner with his wife, Ashley, of the soon-to-be-open DragonFire pizza restaurant in the Mill Mall Plaza, isn’t the dough. “It’s the oven,” he said. So the Luhrs sought out the best they could find: a gas and wood-fired behemoth that can cook up to

  • Fuddruckers closes

    Fuddruckers closes

    ELLSWORTH — According to a post on its Facebook page on June 18, the Fuddruckers restaurant at the Tradewinds Variety complex on State Street “is closed and will not reopen.” The restaurant, which opened in 2015, was the Texas-based chain’s first location north of Boston, according to an article in The American that same year.

  • Local broadcaster Michael Hale signs off

    Local broadcaster Michael Hale signs off

    ELLSWORTH – A lot has changed in the 43 years that Michael Hale, morning show host on Star 97.7, has been in broadcasting. The technology is different, of course – disc jockeys no longer spin turntables or pop in CDs, and the news no longer comes from an Associated Press Teletype machine. Another thing that’s

  • Ellsworth Sears to close in July

    Ellsworth Sears to close in July

    ELLSWORTH -The Sears Hometown Store will shut its doors at the end of July after over two decades in business, according to Manager Karen Higgins. “This was a shock to us,” said Higgins, who has been with the company just over eight years. Higgins said the store’s three employees all have jobs lined up, and