• 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

  • Fiberight CEO gives timetable update

    Fiberight CEO gives timetable update

    ELLSWORTH — There is light at the end of the tunnel for members of the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) wondering when their waste will begin going to Fiberight’s long-delayed Coastal Resources of Maine plant in Hampden. On Oct. 24, Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul presented to the MRC Board in Brewer an update on construction of

  • Film, discussion on climate change

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Garden Club, in support of the Green Planning process and in partnership with the Sierra Club of Maine, will be showing the film “Disruption” on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. This event is free of charge and open to everyone. The

  • Community members talk plastic bag ban

    Community members talk plastic bag ban

    ELLSWORTH — Community members weighed in on Thursday morning at the first of several public forums to discuss a possible ban on single-use plastic bags in Ellsworth. Fifteen other communities in Maine have passed ordinances either banning or limiting single-use plastic bags, including Blue Hill and Belfast. Waterville is set to vote on a citizen

  • Hancock tannery cleanup underway

    Hancock tannery cleanup underway

    HANCOCK — The building may still be covered in graffiti, but at least the asbestos is gone. That’s the result of the recently completed first round of cleanup at the former site of the Hancock Ellsworth Tannery. The work was funded through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 71,370-square-foot former tannery sits on a 151-acre

  • Take Pride in Acadia Day scheduled for Nov. 3

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Nearly 500 volunteers are expected in Acadia National Park on Saturday, Nov. 3, to assist in putting the park’s historic carriage roads to bed for the winter. Take Pride in Acadia Day attracts hundreds of volunteers of all ages to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches along miles of carriage roads