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  • Maine to offer third gender option on driver’s licenses

    Maine to offer third gender option on driver’s licenses

    ELLSWORTH — Maine residents who identify as neither male nor female will soon be able to choose a non-binary gender option when applying for a driver’s license or state identification card, according to a press release issued by the Maine Secretary of State’s Office on Monday. Before the change goes into effect in 2019, the

  • LUPC hearing scheduled Monday

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Commissioners are holding a public hearing on whether to adopt a citizen-submitted petition to maintain the Land Use Planning Commission’s (LUPC) One-Mile Rule on Monday, June 18, at 6 p.m. at the Hancock County Courthouse. The LUPC is proposing to update its zoning system. The rule would affect unorganized territories.

  • Contract awarded for Callahan Mine remediation

    Contract awarded for Callahan Mine remediation

    BROOKSVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District recently issued a contract not to exceed $45 million with a five-year period for remediation work at the Callahan Mine Superfund Site in Brooksville, according to a press release from the Corps of Engineers. The contract was awarded on May 18 to Environmental Quality

  • River closed to clamming likely to reopen soon

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) closed a section of the Jordan River between Trenton and Lamoine to shellfish harvesting late last month after what the deparatment said was “the identification of a pollution point source.” Pam Parker, water enforcement manager with the Maine Department of Environment Protection, said on Tuesday that the

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 14

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 14

    ELLSWORTH — Officers received a report of a girl “breaking an egg over the head” of another student at a local coffee shop on June 5, according to a report of the incident. The manager of the shop asked that the girl be asked not to return to the store. Lone child reported Police received

  • Bucksport Police Log Week of June 14

    Bucksport Police Log Week of June 14

    BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Police handled the unattended death of a man, who was found slumped over a skidder in a woodlot Friday. No foul play is suspected. Arrests Officer Gerald Lowe arrested Jesse Skillings, 18, of Frankfort Saturday on a charge of operating without a license. Officer Ryan Knight arrested Robert J. Vachon, 50,

  • Damage minimal in fire at Otis General Store

    Damage minimal in fire at Otis General Store

    OTIS — Firefighters from several Hancock County towns responded to extinguish a blaze Wednesday at the Otis General Store. Owner Mike Warren said a compressor for the soda cooler caught fire. “It just blew and went up into the eaves,” Warren said. The damage was limited to the ceiling of the dining and grocery area,

  • Lobster boat racing season starts Saturday

    Lobster boat racing season starts Saturday

    ELLSWORTH — The summer solstice arrives in the early morning on June 21, but celestial observations notwithstanding, summer truly arrives this Saturday when the 2018 Maine lobster boat racing season gets under way at Boothbay Harbor. Lobster fishermen have undoubtedly been racing their working boats since the first time two of them moored in the

  • Cheryl Robinson elected to Gouldsboro Board of Selectmen

    GOULDSBORO — Selectmen will have a new face at the table when the board convenes at its next regular meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. In Tuesday’s municipal election, Cheryl Robinson garnered a total of 203 votes in a contested race for a three-year seat being vacated by Roger Bowen. Bowen opted not