• Schoodic visitation numbers up in 2018

    Schoodic visitation numbers up in 2018

    WINTER HARBOR — At the end of another summer season, the Schoodic portion of Acadia National Park once again saw an increase in visitors. The economic impact on surrounding communities remains a bit nuanced. “As of August, the year-to-date number of visitors to the Schoodic section is up slightly from last year,” said Christie Anastasia,

  • Unemployment rate stays low

    ELLSWORTH—The tight job market doesn’t seem to be changing fast. According to data released this week by the Maine Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in Hancock County was up in September over last year but remained one of the lowest in the state. The change was very slight: from 2.4 percent in September 2017

  • Timberland Acres RV Park has a new owner

    Timberland Acres RV Park has a new owner

    TRENTON — On Monday, Oct. 22, Colton Sanborn closed down Timberland Acres RV Park for the season and closed on the sale of the 33-year-old business. “It was a double closing,” he said about his purchase. After working two seasons at the RV park, located at 57 Bar Harbor Road in Trenton, Sanborn, 23, decided

  • The Ellsworth American named Maine’s best weekly newspaper

    The Ellsworth American named Maine’s best weekly newspaper

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth American on Saturday, at the Maine Press Association’s annual meeting, won first place in the General Excellence category for large-circulation weekly newspapers. The American joined the Bangor Daily News, the York Weekly (small-circulation weekly) and the Maine Sunday Telegram, all of which were honored by the state association for General Excellence

  • CourseStorm lands awards

    Matt James, a 2001 Ellsworth High School graduate, and his business partner Brian Rahill, are co-founders of CourseStorm, an online class registration software company headquartered in Orono. CourseStorm recently won two prestigious awards — Management Team of the Year from the Maine Venture Fund and the 2019 Bion and Dorian Foster Entrepreneurship Award from the

  • Primavera closes, Tan Turtle takes its place

    Primavera closes, Tan Turtle takes its place

    ELLSWORTH — “The Turtle is making his way across the bridge. He should arrive on High St. in Ellsworth by November 1st,” read a Facebook post on Oct. 4 announcing the opening of the Tan Turtle Tavern in the former Primavera Restaurant. Owner Steven Foss and his wife, Mindy Morse-Foss, operate the Tan Turtle out

  • Metalsmith Cara Romano fulfills vision in new space

    Metalsmith Cara Romano fulfills vision in new space

    ELLSWORTH — The motto of KōT (pronounced “coat”), Cara Romano’s recently reopened shop on State Street, is “contemporary functional craft.” It’s an apt tagline: the minimal space is filled with carefully curated crafts, from desk caddies made of reclaimed heart pine to sturdy canvas rugs layered with marine grade finish. The space feels a bit

  • Spectrum going digital

    ELLSWORTH — Customers of Spectrum, Maine’s largest cable provider, will be seeing updates in service as the company transitions to a digital-only format. The process will necessitate the installation of digital receivers for all customers who don’t already have them, as non-digital service will no longer be available. “Ellsworth, Belfast, Bucksport, Bar Harbor and MDI

  • Walmart planning $1.43M project

    Walmart planning $1.43M project

    ELLSWORTH — Walmart is slated for an estimated $1.43 million worth of alterations, according to permits issued by the city’s Code Enforcement Office. The store is one of six locations, including Augusta, Brewer, Brunswick, Sanford and Scarborough, that will undergo renovations this year, according to a statement from the company. The company plans to add