Maine news from Ellsworth, Bucksport, Gouldsboro, Blue Hill, Sullivan, Surry, Hancock, Deer Isle, Stonington, Orland and throughout Hancock County.

  • Cooking demo at Wright Center

    ELLSWORTH — The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center welcomes Cas Dowden back to the center’s kitchen on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dowden will offer a cooking demonstration for the cold winter weather ahead. She will be sharing recipes for two vegetarian dishes, squash soup and a vegetarian chili. Participants

  • Fired hospital employee wins in labor dispute

    Fired hospital employee wins in labor dispute

    ELLSWORTH — A federal administrative law judge has ruled that Maine Coast Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices when it fired an employee for writing a letter to the editor that was critical of the hospital. The judge also ruled that the hospital must offer the former employee, Karen-Jo Young, her job back and compensate

  • Home care measure defeated; funds for infrastructure and education approved

    ELLSWORTH — Voters rejected what would have been a first-in-the-nation program to subsidize home care for elderly and disabled Maine residents by levying a tax on incomes above the Social Security threshold ($124,800 in 2018). Hancock County residents rejected the measure by a margin of 61-39 percent. That was similar to the statewide margin, with

  • Hancock County Jail log Oct. 29-Nov. 1

    Hancock County Jail log Oct. 29-Nov. 1

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1: Ralph E. Fowler Jr., 47, Ellsworth, defaulting in payment of fine. Lindsay M. Swanson, 26, Steuben, failure to appear, operating after suspension. Buddy S. Burton, 37, Augusta, back for court. Theodore J. Gray, 38, Deer Isle, two counts each

  • Upset in county commission race

    Upset in county commission race

    ELLSWORTH — A contested race for a four-year term as Hancock County commissioner from District II resulted in an upset Tuesday. Challenger John Wombacher of Bucksport beat out longtime commissioner Percy “Joe” Brown of Deer Isle by 385 votes. Democrat Wombacher took 4,590 votes to Republican Brown’s 4,205. Wombacher is a political newcomer and owns

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 8

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 8

    ELLSWORTH — A woman told police that she had been hit in the rib cage by the mirror of a moving car in the parking lot of Walmart on Nov. 3. The incident was reported to police around 3 p.m. and had occurred an hour earlier, according to the woman. She told officers she was

  • Grindle, Phillips elected to City Council

    Grindle, Phillips elected to City Council

    ELLSWORTH — There will be one new and one returning councilor on the Ellsworth City Council in the coming weeks. Heather Grindle and John Phillips were elected to the council with 37 percent and 24 percent of the vote, respectively in Tuesday’s election. Grindle received 2,044 votes while Phillips had 1,336. Phillips narrowly beat candidate

  • RSU 25 voters approve gym floor project

    BUCKSPORT — Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) voters Tuesday approved a referendum to renovate the Bucksport Middle School gym floor. The vote was 2,391 yes to 1,626 no. RSU 25 includes the towns of Bucksport, Orland, Verona Island and Prospect. Superintendent Jim Boothby said the floor needs to be replaced due to issues with

  • Luchini wins Senate District 7 seat

    Luchini wins Senate District 7 seat

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Democrats rode their own statewide blue wave to control of the 35-seat state Senate and 151-seat House Tuesday night, although the results were somewhat more even in Hancock County. In State Senate District 7, which covers much of Hancock County, Democrat Louie Luchini soundly defeated Republican Richard Malaby. Luchini, currently a four-term