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  • City to extend ambulance partnership into September

    City to extend ambulance partnership into September

    ELLSWORTH — The city will extend its partnership with Bangor-based ambulance company Northern Light Medical Transport for another two months, said Northern Light representative Ed Moreshead. “We talked yesterday about continuing on with the relationship,” said Moreshead, referring to a meeting on June 27 at City Hall. “I think that things are going pretty well.”

  • Longtime Marine Patrol officer promoted

    Longtime Marine Patrol officer promoted

    LAMOINE — Mark Murry, who has served as a Marine Patrol officer for 20 years, the last 17 as a specialist, has been promoted to sergeant of Section Five, which encompasses the area from Hancock to Jonesboro. In addition to two decades with the Marine Patrol, Murry brings to the position 24 years of experience

  • Ellsworth home damaged in Fourth of July fire

    Ellsworth home damaged in Fourth of July fire

    ELLSWORTH – Emergency crews from around the region responded to a fire at a single-family home at 20 Fletcher Street on July 4. The call came in around 2:30 p.m. said Ellsworth Deputy Chief Gary Saunders, and crews were on scene until around 5:15 p.m. “One firefighter was treated for heat-related issues,” said Saunders, but

  • New law aims to protect internet access

    New law aims to protect internet access

    ELLSWORTH — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth and Trenton) aimed at protecting internet users was signed into law by Governor Janet Mills last week. “Internet service providers should not be the gatekeepers of the internet and its potential to connect people and provide critical information,” Grohoski said in a statement. In 2017, the

  • Sheriff mulls drug testing for new recruits

    Sheriff mulls drug testing for new recruits

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the possibility of drug testing law enforcement and corrections officer applicants within the year, Sheriff Scott Kane told county commissioners at a meeting on Tuesday. “The first step is to do pre-employment,” said Kane, and look at what other agencies have in place for random

  • Longtime economic development director retires

    Longtime economic development director retires

    ELLSWORTH — Friends and well-wishers gathered on Thursday afternoon to wish Ellsworth’s longtime former Economic Development Director Micki Sumpter a happy retirement. “She played an integral role in the startup and blossoming of the Economic Development Corporation, The Jackson Laboratory coming to Ellsworth and the incubator,” said City Manager David Cole. “She has a lot

  • Hancock County Jail Log June 24-27

    Hancock County Jail Log June 24-27

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between June 24 and 27: Mark S. Siegert, 48, Greenfield, Mass., two counts failure to appear. Katelynn A. Wallace, 21, Ellsworth, warrant arrest. Alexandra Ricciardelli, 28, Keyport, N.J., operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, operating after suspension. Raymond F. Robledo,

  • Women’s health office opens in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — Physical therapist Melissa Hunt has opened a physical therapy and health coaching clinic focusing on women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction. Cardinal Women’s Health is located at 5 School St. Hunt, who has a doctorate in physical therapy from Husson University, is a Maine native and mother of two. She aims to provide

  • Iconic Machias building, store under new ownership

    Iconic Machias building, store under new ownership

    MACHIAS — For two area couples, a historic building in Machias came with a bonus. “We bought the building and the store just kind of came with it,” said Isaiah Roberts, one of four people to purchase the iconic white building at 25 Main Street, from which former owner Michael Hoyt’s family had operated Machias

  • City’s annual report leaves out salaries

    City’s annual report leaves out salaries

    ELLSWORTH — The city released its annual report this week, with one notable omission compared to years past: salaries of city workers. “We looked at what other towns include and we were providing way more information than was required,” said City Manager David Cole, adding that “All of that information is still publicly available.” Cole

  • New Blue Hill Co-op nearing completion

    New Blue Hill Co-op nearing completion

    BLUE HILL — The new Blue Hill Co-op store at 70 South Street is a month away from opening. “We’re looking toward the end of July for a soft opening followed by a Grand Opening event in early August,” said Kevin Gadsby, general manager. “We anticipate the opening of our South Street store with great