• 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

  • Cleaves named sales manager at U.S. Cellular

    U.S. Cellular has named Seth Cleaves as retail sales manager for the Ellsworth store located at 225 High St. Cleaves leads store associates to help customers and businesses select the best plan and devices to meet their data needs. “Seth’s passion and leadership throughout his U.S. Cellular journey is inspiring and motivating, and I am

  • Airbnb revenues and rentals up in Hancock County

    Airbnb revenues and rentals up in Hancock County

    ELLSWORTH — Bar Harbor and Ellsworth were among the top five most popular destinations for visitors using the home-sharing site Airbnb this summer, according to data released by the company this week. Revenue for hosts was higher in both municipalities than the statewide average between May 25 and Sept. 3. A typical Bar Harbor host

  • New owner visits The American

    New owner visits The American

    ELLSWORTH — Reade Brower of Rockland, the new owner of The Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander, visited both newspapers Tuesday, introduced himself to staff and talked shop over lunch. Brower was accompanied by Lisa DeSisto, CEO of Maine Today Media, which publishes the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning

  • New director named at Fort Knox

    New director named at Fort Knox

    PROSPECT — Dean Martin has been named the new executive director of the Friends of Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory. Martin assumed his duties this week. He retired from active duty Army last August as a lieutenant colonel, having served more than 24 years. Originally from Wiscasset, Martin enlisted during Operation

  • Newsprint tariffs reversed, but harm may be done

    ELLSWORTH — Less than a year after they were first imposed, tariffs on Canadian newsprint instituted by the U.S. Commerce Department have been abolished. In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the five-member United States International Trade Commission overturned the tariffs, saying the imports of Canadian newsprint do not threaten or harm U.S. producers. In a