• Market glut hits blueberry growers hard

    Market glut hits blueberry growers hard

    FRANKLIN — Jack Schmelzer, a blueberry farmer, tried what he could to make his fields profitable. He cultivated organic berries to get an organic certification and therefore a higher price. But he found the parameters set forth by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association were not cost-effective for blueberry farming. He sold extra berries

  • Raffle for child’s playhouse

    Raffle for child’s playhouse

    ELLSWORTH — Heart of Ellsworth is raffling off a child’s playhouse during its holiday marketplace in the former J&B Atlantic in downtown Ellsworth. The playhouse was built by the team at Sinclair Mini-Mansions, a division of Sinclair Builders, and donated by Sinclair to the Heart of Ellsworth. The playhouse is 4 feet wide by 8

  • Hotelier David Witham remembered

    Hotelier David Witham remembered

    ELLSWORTH — It was very important to David Witham, the Bar Harbor hotelier who died from Parkinson’s disease Saturday at age 77, that the large picture windows in the Bar Harbor Inn’s Reading Room restaurant always be clean. That was just one of the many details Cathy Walton, the Inn’s food and beverage director, said

  • Planners discuss rehabilitating Main Street building

    Planners discuss rehabilitating Main Street building

    BUCKSPORT – At the Economic Development Committee meeting on Nov. 14, business owners and town councilors discussed options for rehabilitating 69 Main Street, a former flower shop which committee members said has expensive maintenance issues that discourage buyers from purchasing the building. “The sills are broken, it leaks in the basement, it’s outdated,” said Rich

  • Camden National recognized with award at FAME event

    Camden National recognized with award at FAME event

    CAMDEN — The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) presented Camden National Bank with the Lender at Work for Maine Award for lenders with over $1.5 billion in assets in 2017. This marks the eighth time that Camden National Bank has won the award, which recognizes the bank’s commitment to supporting Maine businesses and jobs. The

  • Holiday marketplace returns

    Holiday marketplace returns

    ELLSWORTH — At 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, J.&B. Atlantic Co.’s doors will open and shoppers will find the downtown Ellsworth storefront transformed into the second Holiday Marketplace. The market will feature blue-and-white brushed stoneware, Sea Crow Co. bags, rustic signs, hand-crafted wooden spoons, the late Sedgwick artist Holly Meade’s block-print cards and T-shirts

  • Ellsworth American wins at Downeast tourism awards

    Ellsworth American wins at Downeast tourism awards

    BUCKSPORT — The Ellsworth American picked up an award at a Downeast tourism organization’s third annual symposium and awards luncheon held in Bucksport last Thursday. Specifically, the paper was honored for its monthly summer magazine, Out & About. “It’s a great guide to what’s happening in Downeast Maine,” said Alvion Kimball, an Orland-based innkeeper and

  • New tattoo shop opens in Blue Hill

    New tattoo shop opens in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — There’s a new tattoo artist in town and he’s ready to create art on your skin. Frank Lacrosse of Sedgwick has opened Mainely Tattoo in the former Bagaduce Music Lending Library on Greene’s Hill. Lacrosse has been a tattoo artist for 28 years. He first started a shop when he was living

  • Business workshop scheduled Nov. 20

    ELLSWORTH — A small business workshop titled “Pricing Your Products and Services” is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Hancock County UMaine Extension Office. Pricing is the systematic determination of the “right” price for a product or service. Setting any price is easy, but determining the price at which you can

  • Sugar Mags a sweet treat on Main Street

    Sugar Mags a sweet treat on Main Street

    ELLSWORTH — One of the newest businesses in the city is a sweet one. Sugar Mags, a retro candy and soda shop, opened its doors at 169 Main St. in downtown Ellsworth Saturday morning. It is located between Airline Brewing Co. and The Grand, at the former location of Downeast Cheesecakes. The store offers bottles