• YMCA childcare students adopt anti-bullying practices

    ELLSWORTH — Young students at the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA childcare program are entering 2019 with anti-bullying practices under their snowsuits. This fall, preschool students as well as school-age children in the Y’s afterschool program did exercises promoted by the National Bullying Prevention Center. Jessica Montgomery, director of the childcare program, said

  • Whole Oceans announces aquaculture course, scholarship program

    Whole Oceans announces aquaculture course, scholarship program

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans and the town of Bucksport are partnering on a scholarship for 10 area residents to take an online aquaculture class. Maine-based Whole Oceans intends to create a land-based salmon farm on the former Verso Mill site. Jennifer Fortier, outreach and development associate for the company, announced the class and the scholarship

  • Students’ Christmas stories, art to appear in next week’s EA

    ELLSWORTH — Tales and artwork inspired by the holiday trees on display at Woodlawn will appear on special pages in next week’s Ellsworth American. Students from the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School visited the cunningly decorated Christmas trees at Woodlawn earlier this month and variously wrote stories evoked by the trees or drew images of the trees.

  • Threat of school violence at EEMS “not viable”

    Threat of school violence at EEMS “not viable”

    ELLSWORTH − Two Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School students have been charged with terrorizing after allegedly making threatening comments about “violent acts at the school,” according to Ellsworth School Superintendent Dan Higgins. In a letter to parents on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Higgins said the alleged threats were overheard by a student. The student immediately reported the conversation to

  • Sumner students participating in lobster trap disposal effort

    Sumner students participating in lobster trap disposal effort

    GOULDSBORO — Campbell “Buzz” Scott, founder and executive director of OceansWide, a nonprofit education foundation based in Newcastle, estimates that there are hundreds of thousands of lobster traps accumulating every year along the sea floor and along the coast of Maine. Now OceansWide, along with the students in the Pathways program at Sumner Memorial High

  • Sumner students give back

    Sumner students give back

    SULLIVAN — A week before Thanksgiving, the students of Sumner Memorial High School fanned out from Ellsworth to Cherryfield as part of the school’s first annual community service day. “I kept hearing a common theme about wanting to get our students out into the community, to see what our students are made of,” said Sumner

  • Student test results take a downturn

    Student test results take a downturn

    ELLSWORTH — The results are in. And the results of the Maine Educational Assessment for the 2017-18 school year are, well, a bit disappointing. “We didn’t see improvements to the level we wanted,” said Jim Boothby, superintendent for Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25), which includes Bucksport Middle School and Bucksport High School. Bucksport fared

  • EHS students favor Moody in mock election

    ELLSWORTH — Bucking the statewide trend, Republican Shawn Moody won the governor’s race in a mock election at Ellsworth High School, garnering 51 percent of the vote. Democrat Janet Mills, the actual gubernatorial victor in the Nov. 6 election, was favored by 32 percent of student voters. Independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron received 10