Business

  • Grocery prices holding steady

    Grocery prices holding steady

    ELLSWORTH — Prices for most grocery staples have stayed flat or unchanged since last quarter. That’s the main finding of The American’s latest Market Basket report. Every quarter, the newspaper records the price of grocery staples at the Ellsworth Hannaford, Shaw’s Supermarket and Walmart and averages the prices together. The prices for Cheerios, milk and

  • Apothecary up and running on Ellsworth’s Main Street

    Apothecary up and running on Ellsworth’s Main Street

    ELLSWORTH — Running an apothecary isn’t what Jennifer May thought she would be doing with her life. “I didn’t know anything about holistic healing,” says May. “I ate cheese out of a can,” she adds, sunk into a soft chair in her shop, Sage Moon Apothecary, on Main Street on a sunny afternoon surrounded by

  • Maine beer headed to UK festival

    Maine beer headed to UK festival

    ELLSWORTH — Brewers from Airline Brewing Co. and Fogtown Brewing spent Thursday morning loading kegs of beer that will be headed to Leeds, England, for the 7th annual Leeds International Beer Festival in September. Airline and Fogtown were two of nearly 70 Maine breweries to help fill the “Maine Beer Box,” which is a corrugated

  • Seaweed aquaculture blooms in Gouldsboro

    Seaweed aquaculture blooms in Gouldsboro

    GOULDSBORO — Sarah Redmond is holding up a slimy, greenish-gray piece of seaweed. “This is nori,” says Redmond. “This is what’s used in sushi, so it’s one of the more valuable types.” Redmond, along with her business partner Trey Angera, runs Springtide Seaweed, the country’s largest organic seaweed farm, which is opening a new aquaculture

  • Maine Seacoast Mission announces promotion

    Maine Seacoast Mission announces promotion

    CHERRYFIELD — The Maine Seacoast Mission has announced the promotion of Scott Shaw to the position of facilities and housing rehabilitation manager for the Mission’s Downeast campus in Cherryfield. The promotion was effective July 1. For the past 15 years, based in Cherryfield, Shaw served as Downeast campus caretaker and Housing Rehabilitation Program coordinator. The

  • Collins, King, Poliquin call for rollback of newsprint tariffs

    Collins, King, Poliquin call for rollback of newsprint tariffs

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) were among lawmakers who testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday in opposition to tariffs imposed by the Commerce Department that have caused the price of newsprint to rise over 20 percent in recent months. “The

  • Whole Oceans names CFO

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans, which proposes to build a land-based salmon farm on the former Verso mill site, announced Wednesday that Eric Jacobsson has joined the company as chief financial officer. Jacobsson has over 30 years of experience in finance, most recently serving as senior director of finance for Pentair Water. Pentair Water is a

  • New USDA office opens in Ellsworth

    New USDA office opens in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently opened a new office in Ellsworth, providing a better opportunity for the federal agency to serve landowners in Hancock County in addressing natural resource concerns. Since 2011, the NRCS field office for Hancock County has been in Bangor, but it has now

  • Main Grind building for sale

    Main Grind building for sale

    ELLSWORTH—The Main Grind building, home to FlexIt Café and Bakery along with several art galleries and studios, is for sale. The 11,508-square-foot Main Street space, which includes four levels, is listed for $1.1 million by Sargent Real Estate. The building was purchased for $517,500 in 2006 by Winds Aloft LLC, according to property tax records,

  • After a tough 2017, blueberry growers face a shaky start

    After a tough 2017, blueberry growers face a shaky start

    ELLSWORTH — Blueberry production and values declined in 2017, and the coming season is not all that promising. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report, total production in 2017 dropped 33 percent from 2016 to 67.8 million pounds. Prices for processed berries declined slightly, from 27 cents per pound to 25 cents. The production