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  • Tilton to step in as interim planner

    Tilton to step in as interim planner

    ELLSWORTH — Code Enforcement Officer Dwight Tilton has been tapped to take over as interim city planner after the department’s current head, Michele Gagnon, leaves the post in late February, according to City Manager David Cole. “He’s been here 15 years,” said Cole, and “knows the ordinances.” Cole said the city is advertising for the

  • Gouldsboro Police Log Week of Feb. 7

    Gouldsboro Police Log Week of Feb. 7

    GOULDSBORO — On Jan. 24, police investigated the unattended death of a 51-year-old Corea woman. The body was transported to the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death. Police said the death was not deemed suspicious and appeared to be the result of natural causes. Traffic stops As the result of a

  • Ted Ames feted on Center for Coastal Fisheries retirement

    Ted Ames feted on Center for Coastal Fisheries retirement

    STONINGTON — Sixteen years ago, Ted Ames, his wife, Robin Alden, Ted Hoskins and a handful of other members of a group called the Stonington Fisheries Alliance banded together to establish the Penobscot East Resource Center with an eye toward encouraging Maine fishermen to become active in the management of their fisheries. Last week, a

  • Student notes

    The following local students were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2018 semester at the University of Maine in Orono: Casco Haley, Amherst; Molly Brown, Jen Clemens, Matthew Cox, Simon Davis, Sara Todd, Bar Harbor; Abigail Muscat, Bass Harbor; Christina Closson, Bernard; Sam Elliott, Jenna Malvin, Kara Morrison, Maya Naisbitt, Erin Niehoff, Emma

  • Maine Seacoast Mission announces hiring of new president

    Maine Seacoast Mission announces hiring of new president

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Seacoast Mission has announced that John Zavodny, Ph.D., will be its new president beginning Feb. 19. Stacey Smith, who chairs the Mission’s board, said, “We are fortunate to welcome John to the Mission. During our interviews with him, his excitement and compassion for the work of the Mission and an

  • Model home damaged in fire

    Model home damaged in fire

    ELLSWORTH—A fire damaged a Broughman Builders model home on Sunday evening around 7:20 p.m. “Crews were able to make a pretty quick knockdown” and save the building, said Ellsworth Fire Department Chief Richard Tupper, but there was damage to the interior. Tupper said there was fire coming out of several windows when firefighters arrived at

  • Tobacco cessation class starting

    MOUNT DESERT — Healthy Acadia is offering a free Freshstart tobacco cessation class beginning Friday, Feb. 15, at the Northeast Harbor Library. Sessions will meet on Fridays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. for four weeks. Freshstart, developed by the American Cancer Society, is designed to help smokers plan a successful quit attempt by providing essential information, skills

  • Workshop to focus on civil discourse

    Workshop to focus on civil discourse

    ELLSWORTH — While the Legislature was in session, former Republican state Representative and Senator Brian Langley ate dinner most Wednesday evenings with a group of Democrats. “People didn’t understand that,” Langley said. To some, it might have seemed he was “fraternizing with the enemy,” he said. But, Langley’s end goal was education. “I spent a