• 500-acre solar farm planned for eastern Hancock County

    500-acre solar farm planned for eastern Hancock County

    ELLSWORTH — A Casco-based energy project developer proposes the creation of a 500-acre solar farm in Township 16 in eastern Hancock County. Dave Fowler, owner of Next Phase Energy Services, said the solar farm would be located between two wind farms, Bull Hill and Hancock Wind. Township 16 abuts the eastern side of the town

  • Lecture scheduled at Shaw Institute

    BLUE HILL — As part of the 2018 Shaw Institute Environmental Lecture series themed “Climate Change, Exposure and Human Health,” Sharon Lerner will present “The Forever Chemicals in Our Water” on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Hill Research Center, 55 Main St. in Blue Hill. The lecture is free and open

  • Bins for sale

    ELLSWORTH—The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) is participating in a statewide backyard composting bin sale. Through Sept. 1 a home compost bin and how-to guide with a combined retail value of $100 can be purchased for $48 (tax included).  The bin is black and is made of 100-percent recycled plastic.  It is approximately 35 inches high

  • Household hazardous waste collection scheduled Aug. 25

    Household hazardous waste collection scheduled Aug. 25

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Planning Commission has announced an opportunity for residents of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Dedham, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Gouldsboro, Hancock, Mariaville, Sedgwick, Sorrento, Sullivan, Surry and Winter Harbor to dispose of household hazardous waste and universal waste. The collection event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. at

  • Bucksport mulls plastic bag ban

    Bucksport mulls plastic bag ban

    BUCKSPORT — A Bucksport native wants the town to consider prohibiting retail use of plastic bags, similar to the bans passed in Blue Hill and Belfast. “My major concern is the fact that plastic bags will break down after many, many years,” said resident Donna Smith. “They will not break down in a landfill, which

  • Gouldsboro suspending recycling program

    Gouldsboro suspending recycling program

    GOULDSBORO — Gouldsboro will be suspending its recycling program beginning Sept. 1, following a vote by the Board of Selectmen last week. Town Manager Sherri Cox cited rising costs as the primary reason for the decision. “Last fall the price was $40 per ton,” Cox said. “It’s now up to $140 per ton and is

  • Renowned landscape architect to speak in Ellsworth Aug. 20

    ELLSWORTH — On Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Moore Community Center, the Ellsworth Garden Club, in support of the Ellsworth green planning process, will host a talk on “Planting in a Post-Wild World” by internationally recognized landscape architect Thomas Rainer. Based in Washington, D.C., Rainer works at the intersection of ecology, horticulture

  • Environmental champion Nathaniel Reed dies at 84

    Environmental champion Nathaniel Reed dies at 84

    WINTER HARBOR — Nathaniel Reed, a summer resident of Grindstone Neck in Winter Harbor and a longtime supporter of the Schoodic Institute, died on July 11 in Quebec City. He was 84. A prominent environmentalist who championed conservation activities in the Florida Everglades, Reed served as assistant United States secretary of the interior. He served