• Maine Master Naturalist Program launches Ellsworth course

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Master Naturalist Program is accepting applications for its 2019-20 program session to be held in Ellsworth. The course provides over 100 hours of classroom and outdoor experience, focusing on field natural history: geology, identification of flora and fauna, wetland and upland ecology, ecological principles and teaching methods. By the end of

  • Forum scheduled on plastic bag plan

    ELLSWORTH — The public is invited to a forum on a proposed ordinance regarding single-use carry-out plastic bags. The forum will be held in Ellsworth at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the City Hall auditorium. The Ellsworth Green Action Team, a subcommittee of the Ellsworth Green Plan, has drafted an ordinance for the

  • Wind farm is “allowed use” on state-managed land

    Wind farm is “allowed use” on state-managed land

    ELLSWORTH — Weaver Wind, a 22-turbine, $145-million wind farm proposed for several towns in Hancock County, has cleared one of the first hurdles in the application process, having been officially approved as an “allowed use” by the Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) on Nov. 26. If all goes as planned, construction will begin in

  • 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

  • What can be recycled? The list just got shorter

    What can be recycled? The list just got shorter

    ELLSWORTH — Beginning in 2019, Ellsworth residents will no longer be able to recycle glass, box board (such as Kleenex and cereal boxes) and No. 3-7 plastics (which include single-use plastic bags, Styrofoam, shampoo bottles and some yogurt containers). The city will continue to accept corrugated cardboard, plastics numbered 1 and 2, polyethylene terephthalate (PET

  • Longroad Wind farm project advances

    Longroad Wind farm project advances

    ELLSWORTH — A $140-million, 22-wind turbine project involving four Hancock County towns is moving forward. Longroad Energy Partners, which is developing the project, submitted an application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Oct. 31, said Mark Bergeron, director of the DEP’s Bureau of Land Resources. “One of the first steps that we

  • Grant proposals being sought

    PORTLAND — Eastern Maine Conservation Initiative (EMCI), founded in 1996, is a nonprofit organization committed to the environmental and cultural sustainability of the eastern Maine coast. It has given approximately $280,000 in grants to academics and professionals for research and conservation projects in science, the environment, and local history. EMCI is now accepting grant proposals