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  • MMA hosts 10th annual Women on the Water Conference

    MMA hosts 10th annual Women on the Water Conference

    CASTINE — It wasn’t that long ago that just about the only maritime jobs open to women were limited to the housekeeping and stewards departments on commercial vessels and large yachts. On the first weekend of November, Maine Maritime Academy and the Federal Maritime Administration (MARAD) hosted an event that reflects the changes in the

  • Secretary of state pushes back on allegations of unsecured ballot boxes

    Secretary of state pushes back on allegations of unsecured ballot boxes

    ELLSWORTH — As the state’s first general election ranked choice voting count (RCV) got underway last week, the campaign of U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) raised concerns about the security of ballot boxes and a clerk reportedly tabulating absentee ballots illegally. Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap pushed back, assuring voters that the boxes were

  • Four win lottery for new scallop licenses

    Four win lottery for new scallop licenses

    DEER ISLE — Two Hancock County lobstermen are among the four lucky winners of a Department of Marine Resources lottery for the opportunity to get a scallop dragger license in time for the upcoming fishing season. The winners have the chance to become the first new entrants into the scallop fishery since 2009. More than

  • HOME director named to Statewide Homeless Council

    HOME director named to Statewide Homeless Council

    ORLAND — Tracey Hair, executive director of HOME Inc. in Orland, was recently appointed to the Maine Statewide Homeless Council. Hair has worked with HOME’s four homeless shelters for over 13 years. The Statewide Homeless Council is designed to coordinate and establish statewide policies on homelessness, including providing leadership to end homelessness and developing an

  • Families First Community Center names new board members, receives two grants

    ELLSWORTH — Families First Community Center recently elected Terri Ouellette as president of the board of directors to serve a three-year term. Ouellette lives in Ellsworth, owns Serenity Space Solutions and has served on the center’s board for one year. Newly elected to the board were Wendy Schweikert of Blue Hill, a retired sales manager;

  • Hancock County Dems meeting Nov. 15

    ELLSWORTH — The November meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee will focus on the latest electoral victories. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the theater room at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. On Nov. 6, Maine elected Janet Mills as governor while Hancock County elected Louie Luchini

  • Recount scheduled in probate judge race

    Recount scheduled in probate judge race

    ELLSWORTH — One of a number of close contests in the Nov. 6 election was the race for Hancock County probate judge, which was decided by a tight margin. Republican Judge William Blaisdell IV won re-election with 13,903 votes while Democrat Lynne Williams, a Bar Harbor attorney, received 13,668. That’s a difference of 235 votes.

  • EHS students favor Moody in mock election

    ELLSWORTH — Bucking the statewide trend, Republican Shawn Moody won the governor’s race in a mock election at Ellsworth High School, garnering 51 percent of the vote. Democrat Janet Mills, the actual gubernatorial victor in the Nov. 6 election, was favored by 32 percent of student voters. Independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron received 10