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  • Water levels, fish kills discussed at dam hearing

    Water levels, fish kills discussed at dam hearing

    ELLSWORTH — The audience was smaller but the message no less forceful on Tuesday evening when officials from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) met with residents asking for better fish passage, decreased turbidity and less fluctuation in water levels in Graham Lake. The meeting at Ellsworth High School was held at the request

  • Hancock County Jail Log July 1-4

    Hancock County Jail Log July 1-4

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between July 1 and 4: Nathaniel Smith, 48, Gouldsboro, operating a methamphetamine laboratory. Tiffany D. Paige, 38, Searsport, failure to appear. Thomas R. Richardson, 32, Poland, six months for operating a methamphetamine laboratory. Cara M. Fox, 56, Deer Isle, warrant. Erin M. Kelly, 24,

  • Wet spring hurts  strawberry crop

    Wet spring hurts strawberry crop

    BLUE HILL — It’s a bad news/good news situation if you enjoy locally grown strawberries and want to pick your own. Thanks to a cycle of thawing and freezing last winter and a rainy spring, strawberry crops have not fared well. “We usually have six acres and we lost 1.5 to two acres to winter

  • Brooklin  OKs retail liquor sales

    Brooklin OKs retail liquor sales

    BROOKLIN — This coastal town just got a little wetter. Thanks to a referendum the town of Brooklin held Monday, retail sales of hard liquor will soon be allowed for the first time in town, specifically at the Brooklin General Store. The results of Monday’s referendum will allow the store to sell spirits every day

  • Steuben boatbuilder calls it a day

    Steuben boatbuilder calls it a day

    STEUBEN — Mike Light stood in the doorway of his boatshop and watched as a truck hauled the spanking new lobster boat Thai Lady off toward the Milbridge town dock one day before its scheduled launching. On the boat’s starboard quarter, tucked up beneath the rail just forward of the transom and above the federal

  • Recovery center’s closure “a loss of hope”

    Recovery center’s closure “a loss of hope”

    ELLSWORTH — Tributes and worries poured in this week after Open Door, the substance abuse disorder treatment center in Ellsworth that has been operating for more than 30 years, closed on Friday. “How can we afford to lose this resource?” said Chris Whalley, an attorney whose clients were frequently sent to Open Door for testing

  • Climate change conference scheduled in Blue Hill

    Climate change conference scheduled in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — If you don’t know what you can do, as one individual, to deal with climate change, there is an upcoming conference at George Stevens Academy just for you. The Reversing Falls Sanctuary Climate Action Group in Brooksville and Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth project are hosting the 2019 Climate Convergence

  • Bucksport Bay Festival kicks off July 19

    Bucksport Bay Festival kicks off July 19

    BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual fundraiser, the Bucksport Bay Festival, downtown from Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21. The festival attracts 3,000 to 5,000 people to town each July, said festival organizer Nathalie Arruda. Kicking things off will be a pageant for girls from infants to

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of July 11

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of July 11

    ELLSWORTH — A collision between a lobster boat and a personal vessel in Stonington Sunday resulted in a charge for one of the operators, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputy Dakota Dupuis summoned Brandon Murphy, 22, of Trenton on a charge of operating a watercraft while under the influence of an intoxicant. More OUI

  • Bar Harbor Bank buys eight central Maine branches

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of Bar Harbor Bankshares, has signed an agreement to buy eight People’s United Bank branches in central Maine. The branches had approximately $287 million in deposits, $111 million in loans and $284 million of assets under management as of March 31. “Both banks will be

  • Bucksport Police Log Week of July 11

    Bucksport Police Log Week of July 11

    BUCKSPORT — A concerned citizen called police Friday about a dog that was possibly being neglected. Animal Control Office Dan Joy said he checked the residence in question but the dog was not outside. Distracted driving Officer Gerald Lowe summoned Christopher J. Barry, 31, of Orrington on a charge of reading while driving Saturday. Also