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  • Herring quota slashed

    Herring quota slashed

    ELLSWORTH — Imagine running a trucking business and having your supply of diesel fuel cut by 70 percent. For all practical purposes, that’s what happened to the Maine lobster industry last week. Last Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it was cutting the 2019 herring quota by about 70 percent. That bodes ill

  • Tony Sohns, bug-loving businessman, dies at 41

    Tony Sohns, bug-loving businessman, dies at 41

    ELLSWORTH — Tony Sohns, whose love of the natural world extended to the creepy and crawly and whose family-run Rock & Art shops enliven area downtowns, died Feb. 6 of a heart attack while on a business trip in Arizona. He was 41. To many, especially children who participated in his natural science workshops, Sohns

  • Sex ed discussion draws parent complaints

    Sex ed discussion draws parent complaints

    GOULDSBORO — What began as Friday science class at the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor resulted in a sex-ed discussion that many parents felt was inappropriate for their children. The class discussions Feb. 1 prompted numerous parents to contact the school with their concerns. The science teacher is no longer with the school. The Peninsula

  • Opinions flow at water ordinance hearing

    Opinions flow at water ordinance hearing

    ELLSWORTH — Nearly two dozen advocates and opponents — environmentalists, attorneys and unorganized territories camp owners among them — argued Feb. 7 over a proposed ordinance to protect water by prohibiting construction of an East-West highway in the unorganized territories. The venue was a special meeting of the Hancock County Commission. An East-West highway (one

  • Trout Unlimited meeting scheduled in Ellsworth Feb. 20

    Trout Unlimited meeting scheduled in Ellsworth Feb. 20

    ELLSWORTH — Georges River Trout Unlimited will host a Downeast Chapter meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth. Jacob van de Sande, land protection project manager for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. titled “H2O – Headwaters to Ocean, Maine Coast Heritage Trust Rivers Initiative.” The talk

  • January births at MDI Hospital

    January births at MDI Hospital

    At Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor A son, Henry Ropp, was born Jan. 2 to Heather Wheaton and Andrew Ropp of Northeast Harbor. A son, Julian Wood, was born Jan. 5 to Monica Stanley and Brian Wood of Bar Harbor. A daughter, Bellamy Rose Romano, was born Jan. 10 to Vanessa Crawford and

  • Bucksport Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    Bucksport Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    BUCKSPORT — Officers are investigating a theft of a firearm, which was taken from a vehicle parked on Central Street Feb. 7, Sgt. David Winchester said. The firearm is a handgun valued at $360. Arrests Police arrested two motorists for impaired driving over the weekend. On Main Street Sunday, Officer Chris Woodman arrested Tiffany Rideout,

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Feb. 14

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Feb. 14

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office charged a local youth with burglary and theft after a break-in at an Orland residence Feb. 6. Deputy Luke Gross said the youth was released to a guardian. The Brewer Police Department assisted in the investigation. Camp break-in A 53-year-old Massachusetts man reported Feb. 7 that his camp

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    WINTER HARBOR — On Jan. 26, police conducted a traffic stop on South Gouldsboro Road for a vehicle with expired registration. During the course of the stop the driver, Nathaniel Eaton, 25, of Blue Hill, informed the officer that he was on bail. The officer ran his name and found two warrants for his arrest.