• ConvenientMD opening delayed by pandemic

    ConvenientMD opening delayed by pandemic

    ELLSWORTH — ConvenientMD, an urgent care clinic slated to open this summer, will delay its opening to spring of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, company Marketing Director Adam Rosenthal said in an email last week. “Due to the effects of COVID-19 on construction, the opening of our ConvenientMD clinic in Ellsworth is now moved

  • Mills orders businesses to enforce face covering requirement

    Mills orders businesses to enforce face covering requirement

    ELLSWORTH — Some businesses in Hancock County and other coastal counties, including retail stores with more than 50,000 square feet of shopping space, restaurants, outdoor bars or tasting rooms and lodging establishments, will be required to enforce the Governor’s face covering requirement or face possible licensing violations. Governor Janet Mills on Wednesday issued an executive

  • Work Health expanding to Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — Work Health, LLC, an occupational health program that partners with employers and communities to help employees stay healthy and heal when they are injured, is opening an Ellsworth location at 32 Resort Way on July 6. “We are excited to be able to expand and provide our services to businesses in Hancock County

  • Incredible Edible garden program gets $14K boost

    Incredible Edible garden program gets $14K boost

    MILBRIDGE — Incredible Edible Milbridge, a community garden program that produces and gives away 4,000 to 5,000 pounds of fresh organic produce annually, recently received $14,200 to boost its food production. The funding comes at a time when the Downeast region’s jobless, underemployed and fixed-income residents are grappling with greater food insecurity due to the

  • UMaine system partners with Jackson Lab for testing

    ELLSWORTH — The University of Maine System (UMS) has entered into partnerships with The Jackson Laboratory and ConvenientMD to provide COVID-19 testing services, University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and Chancellor Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday. Under the agreements, ConvenientMD will establish sites at each UMS university to gather samples and administer and report results. The

  • Visitors to Castine area later tested positive for COVID-19

    Visitors to Castine area later tested positive for COVID-19

    CASTINE — A week after reports that several people among a group visiting nearby Nautilus Island tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home to New Orleans, state officials confirmed that seven out-of-state visitors tested positive after visiting the Castine area. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also

  • Councilors aren’t sold on EMS license

    Councilors aren’t sold on EMS license

    ELLSWORTH — The Fire Department will continue to respond to all emergency medical calls in the city, per the requirements of its emergency medical services (EMS) agency license, but councilors aren’t all sold on whether to continue the practice going forward. “You come up with $7,800,” said Councilor John Phillips at a meeting on Monday

  • Eye care practices join forces

    ELLSWORTH — Coastal Eye Care and Ellsworth Uveitis and Retina Care, PA have announced that they will be combining retina services in a single Ellsworth location. Coastal Eye Care, managed by Dr. Lawrence Piazza, has provided comprehensive ophthalmology services in the Ellsworth area since 1994. Ellsworth Uveitis and Retina Care, managed by Dr. Thomas E.

  • Senior Center begins gradual reopening

    ELLSWORTH — Jo Cooper, executive director of Friends in Action, has announced a gradual approach to reopening senior fitness classes. During June, there will be outdoor walking groups and Rock Steady Boxing for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The center’s exercise room will be open by appointment for pre-registered participants starting on June 15 between 9

  • Using mindfulness to cope with change

    Using mindfulness to cope with change

    ELLSWORTH — With the state’s stay-at-home restrictions easing and businesses beginning to reopen, many Mainers may face feelings of anxiety associated with returning to the workforce and to a new normal. Using mindfulness techniques could ease this burden. The practice of mindfulness is “bringing your attention to the present moment in a nonjudgmental way, with

  • Testing proposed as quarantine alternative

    BAR HARBOR — The details differ, but both the state and a local task force have drafted plans to use increased testing for the new coronavirus as a way to move toward easing restrictions on travel, business and other activities. The local plan, developed by the Downeast COVID-19 task force, includes funding for symptomatic testing