• Pocket Parks Campground opens in Gouldsboro

    Pocket Parks Campground opens in Gouldsboro

    GOULDSBORO — The Acadia East Campgrounds are only a couple of minutes walking distance from Route 1, but they seem much farther away. “It feels a lot like Acadia back here, lots of granite,” says Tom Tash, co-founder and CEO of Pocket Parks, which opened its first location in Gouldsboro on June 27. “We were

  • Whole Oceans names production head

    Whole Oceans names production head

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans, the company planning to build a salmon farm on the former Verso mill site, announced Monday that Joe McElwee has joined the company as chief production officer. McElwee, an Ireland native, has 36 years of experience across the entire aquaculture industry, including more than 20 years in the design and operation

  • Work on Dairy Queen restarted

    Work on Dairy Queen restarted

    ELLSWORTH — Work on the planned Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in the Maine Coast Mall complex has restarted after a months-long hiatus, according to owner Christopher Thorne of Ellsworth Soft Serve LLC. “It’s still happening,” said Thorne, who did not yet have an opening date for the restaurant. Paperwork and regulations held up the

  • 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