Business

  • Drought leads to spike in bread prices

    Drought leads to spike in bread prices

    ELLSWORTH — It might be a good year to give up carbs. That’s because a drought has affected wheat crops in North and South Dakota, Montana, Kansas and Iowa. That in turn has driven up the price of bread. The agriculture commissioner for North Dakota, Doug Goehring, forecast the current bread price spike last summer,

  • New plan for former NewLand site

    New plan for former NewLand site

    ELLSWORTH — One landscaping company has bought the former site of another landscaping company. Atlantic Landscape Construction Inc. bought the former NewLand Nursery and Landscaping Center property on the Bangor Road from NewLand owner Steve Elliott in June. Now, Atlantic owner Chad Francis has submitted a plan to the city to build self-storage buildings and

  • Alan Baker inducted into MPA Hall of Fame

    Alan Baker inducted into MPA Hall of Fame

    BAR HARBOR — Alan Baker, longtime owner and publisher of The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander, was inducted Saturday into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. The noontime ceremony was held in conjunction with the MPA’s annual meeting held at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center in Bar Harbor. The meeting is

  • Bob Fitzsimmons, Patrick Lyons join Healthy Acadia board

    Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington counties, recently welcomed Patrick Lyons and Bob Fitzsimmons as new members to the organization’s board of directors. A Washington County native, Fitzsimmons has worked in law enforcement for many years; serving as a warden, a police officer for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point and

  • New Pilgrim’s Inn owners wrap up first season

    New Pilgrim’s Inn owners wrap up first season

    DEER ISLE — A Pennsylvania couple are wrapping up their first season as the new owners of the historic Pilgrim’s Inn and Whale’s Rib Tavern. The inn closes for the season Oct. 16 and the restaurant closes Oct. 14. Nicole Neder and Scott Hall bought the inn from Tony Lawless and Tina Oddleifson last February.

  • New wood-based business established at old Verso mill site

    New wood-based business established at old Verso mill site

    BUCKSPORT — The Verso paper mill closed in 2014, but three years later, a new type of wood-based industry might be starting at the old mill site. Last month, the Searsport-based business Maine Biomass Exports Inc. started stacking logs of hemlock on a former wood yard at the site. The business has a six-month contract

  • Sterrs to succeed Karen Stanley as chairman of Camden National Corp.

    The Board of Directors for Camden National Corp. has elected Lawrence “Larry” J. Sterrs to succeed Karen Stanley as chairman of the company and Camden National Bank effective Sept. 17. Stanley, a Castine resident who joined the Board of Directors in 2008 and became chairwoman in 2010, retired from the board on Sept. 17. John

  • CFO, WHCA unveil new name: Downeast Community Partners

    CFO, WHCA unveil new name: Downeast Community Partners

    ELLSWORTH — Effective Oct. 1, the Washington Hancock Community Agency and Child & Family Opportunities will cease to exist under those names. They will become one entity instead of two, with a new logo and a new name: Downeast Community Partners. People who get services from either of the two separate organizations currently should experience

  • Schoodic Institute names interim CEO

    WINTER HARBOR — Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park has announced the appointment of David Manski as acting chief executive officer (CEO) beginning in mid-October. Manski served as chief of natural resources and cultural heritage at Acadia National Park for the final 20 years of a 35-year National Park Service career. During his tenure at