• Bangor Savings Bank scores high in customer satisfaction

    Bangor Savings Bank, for the third time in the last four years, has received the highest score among qualifying retail banks in the New England region in the J.D. Power Retail Banking Satisfaction Study. The bank’s outstanding performance in the 2018 survey earned it the highest rating of “among the best” in the online ratings

  • Blue Hill company builds bridges for Manhattan sky-rises

    Blue Hill company builds bridges for Manhattan sky-rises

    BLUE HILL — Hewes & Company is nearing completion on cladding for steel pedestrian bridges that will connect three luxury sky-rise buildings on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. “The first bridge is already installed in Manhattan,” said Gardner Pickering, who leads Hewes’ marine division. Hewes & Company has been building custom homes, cabinetry and millwork and

  • Wallace Events creating “event space” next to the Y

    Wallace Events creating “event space” next to the Y

    ELLSWORTH — Beginning this week, Wallace Events is building the venue for the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting. The location is the parking lot of the Down East Family YMCA. With the closure of the event center in Trenton that the chamber used last year for its annual meeting, the chamber was back

  • Labor shortage quickly becoming a business crisis

    Labor shortage quickly becoming a business crisis

    ELLSWORTH — Ask Burnie Gordon, owner of Precision Autobody in Hancock, how he feels about the labor market in the area, and you may get a sardonic chuckle. “I don’t think there is any labor market. There just is no workforce out there anymore.” Maine’s unemployment rate fell again in March to 2.7 percent statewide.

  • Business planning workshops scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free business planning workshops. All of the workshops will run from 9 a.m.-noon and will be held at the Extension office, 63 Boggy Brook Road in Ellsworth. The schedule is as follows: Pricing Your Products and Services – May 14. Staying Safe: Protecting Your Small

  • How many pharmacies can one city support?

    How many pharmacies can one city support?

    ELLSWORTH — The closing next month of the Ellsworth Rite Aid will bring to four the number pharmacies clustered in Ellsworth. The local Rite Aid was one of 1,932 Rite Aids nationally that were bought by Walgreens, which operates a store two blocks down the street. “To provide the best experience for our customers and

  • Blue Hill Chamber membership up

    Blue Hill Chamber membership up

    BLUE HILL — Membership in the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is growing. That was the news from the chamber’s annual meeting Saturday at Mainescape Garden Center on South Street. The chamber membership increased by 49 businesses in the past year for a total of 187 members, Executive Director Lori Sitzabee said. Sitzabee attributed

  • New restaurants opening in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — Patrons of Blue Hill dining establishments will have new offerings starting in May. A Thai restaurant is opening in May in the former Pie in the Sky location at 8 Mill St. Bangkok native Vee Napapornpipat is opening Siam Sky with her husband, Chalee Chaikaew. Siam Sky will feature a variety of

  • Jack the Barber, battling cancer, hangs up his shears

    Jack the Barber, battling cancer, hangs up his shears

    ELLSWORTH — Jack Forni, the former owner of Jack’s Barber Shop on Water Street, may not know all of his customers by name, but he knows them by clipper number. “You know their face and their haircut,” Forni said. “‘Oh, he gets a No. 2’.” On a recent mild afternoon in early April, while his

  • Ellsworth Rite Aid closing

    Ellsworth Rite Aid closing

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Rite Aid is closing May 23, according to a company that manages relationships with the drugstore chain’s vendors. A local vendor received a letter from iControl, the Maryland-based company that deals with Rite Aid’s suppliers, advising that the store is closing and all supplies should be removed from the store at