• Blue Hill research institute gets a name change

    BLUE HILL — Meeting in New York City last month, the trustees of the Marine & Environmental Research Institute unanimously approved a change of name to the Shaw Institute to acknowledge the organization’s founder, Susan Shaw. An environmental health scientist, marine toxicologist and professor of public health, Shaw has pioneered high-impact environmental research on ocean

  • Info sessions planned on Acadia transportation plan

    BAR HARBOR — Acadia National Park’s Draft Transportation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available for public comment through June 26, 2018. The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to provide feedback on the range of management alternatives and potential environmental impacts identified in the Draft Transportation Plan and EIS. “We want people

  • Card Brook Cleanup event a success

    Card Brook Cleanup event a success

    ELLSWORTH — Over 50 local residents turned out on Saturday, May 5, for the annual Card Brook Cleanup event to beautify the Union River, including teams from Alchemist Salon, Amy’s Salon & Spa, and DaVita. The group collected over 800 pounds of trash, according to an email from Austin Schuver, community engagement coordinator at Frenchman

  • Ellsworth cleanup event starts May 12

    Ellsworth cleanup event starts May 12

    ELLSWORTH — On Saturday, May 12, the Ellsworth Green Plan Steering Committee will be hosting a cleanup day to help celebrate the arrival of spring. This event will be followed by the more informal Ellsworth Cleanup Week, an opportunity for those who miss the weekend event to participate on their own time; this part of

  • Hancock receives U.S. grant  to clean up tannery site

    Hancock receives U.S. grant to clean up tannery site

    HANCOCK — The former site of the Hancock Ellsworth Tannery will be cleaned up, thanks to support from a federal grant program that aims to improve the environment in communities around the country. Hancock was one of 10 municipalities in Maine that received funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Grant program. The government granted

  • Card Brook Cleanup, Union River Festival on Saturday

    ELLSWORTH — The annual Card Brook Cleanup will take place on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should meet at 225 High St. (the west side of the Hannaford parking lot). Wear sturdy footwear that can get wet and muddy and bring work gloves. Trash bags will be provided. For more information,

  • Conservation groups to purchase 17,881 acres

    Conservation groups to purchase 17,881 acres

    ELLSWORTH — Vast swaths of forestland in Hancock and Washington counties will be conserved for public use under a partnership between multiple agencies. The Conservation Fund on Tuesday purchased 17,881 acres from Winn-based H.C. Haynes Inc. The goal is “to protect wildlife habitat, ensure future recreational access and support the economies of nearby coastal communities,”

  • Toddy Pond alewife survey planned

    ORLAND — Volunteers are needed to count alewives as they return to the Narramissic River watershed this spring. Starting early this month, people will count fish ascending the Toddy Pond fish ladder, and contribute to the Deptartment of Marine Resources’ knowledge of how well the Toddy Pond dam’s ladder is working. “Last year’s Orland count

  • Woodlawn Spring Cleanup Day scheduled May 12

    Woodlawn Spring Cleanup Day scheduled May 12

    ELLSWORTH — Woodlawn is holding its annual Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 12, from 8 to 11 a.m. Volunteers are invited to join the Woodlawn staff for lawn raking, garden clean-up and other tasks needed to prepare the property for the summer season. Volunteers are asked to bring their own rake and gloves and

  • Genetically engineered salmon inch closer to market

    ELLSWORTH — Halloween is a long ways off, but the genetically engineered Atlantic salmon dubbed “Frankenfish” by critics are now a little bit closer to commercial production in the United States. On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the nod to Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies Inc. to begin growing its genetically modified AquAdvantage Salmon