• More drug users seek treatment amid pandemic

    ELLSWORTH — The coronavirus pandemic may be having at least one positive impact on substance use disorder in Hancock County: more people seem to be seeking treatment in the wake of the virus, said Richard Shute, outpatient site coordinator for Downeast Treatment Center. “Probably in the two weeks after the lockdown first started we saw

  • Maguire named next CEO of MDI Hospital

    Maguire named next CEO of MDI Hospital

    BAR HARBOR — Christina “Chrissi” Maguire will succeed Art Blank as president and CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital when he retires at the end of this year, the hospital announced today. Maguire is currently chief operating officer and senior vice president for the independent, nonprofit hospital. She joined MDI Hospital in 2011 as chief

  • Stay-at-home order stands; Governor reviewing options

    ELLSWORTH — Governor Janet Mills on Thursday said that she has yet to decide whether to renew her stay-at-home order or to allow it to expire on April 30. But it is clear that “things will not return to normal soon,” she said at a press briefing April 23. Of her state-healthy-at-home mandate issued March

  • Maine CDC director: Don’t get complacent

    ELLSWORTH — Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Nirav Shah had a message for those in rural Maine this week: Don’t get complacent because of the low number of confirmed cases in your area. “We are still very much in the middle of this, and what I hope doesn’t

  • Supporting children with autism in challenging times

    ELLSWORTH — With 1 in 54 children identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2016, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more families than ever looking for guidance and support on helping children cope. “It’s very individualized for every child,” said Rachel Bousquet, director of education and residential

  • Bucksport health center awarded $598K

    BUCKSPORT — Bucksport Regional Health Center has been awarded over half a million in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The Bucksport center was one of 18 Maine health centers awarded a total of $12,893,115 to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity. Bucksport Regional Health received $598,790. Harrington Family

  • March births at MDI Hospital

    March births at MDI Hospital

    At Mount Desert Island Hospital In Bar Harbor A daughter, Lily Mae Forrest, was born March 1 to MaKayla Gray and Jacob Forrest of Trenton. A son, Braden James Hodgkins, was born March 3 to Katie and Corey Hodgkins of Bernard. A daughter, Madeleine Littlefield, was born March 4 to Carley Sevene and Ryan Littlefield

  • Masks encouraged to help halt virus spread

    ELLSWORTH — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday advised all Americans to don cloth masks in public in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That marks a shift after weeks of the World Health Organization and CDC repeatedly advising that masks aren’t necessary unless someone is symptomatic. The