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  • Hancock County rep’s flyer stirs controversy

    Hancock County rep’s flyer stirs controversy

    ELLSWORTH — A flyer distributed by a group run by state Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) created controversy when it arrived in the mailboxes of residents in several districts across the state last week, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald. The mailer, from the Maine First Project, accuses Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham) of

  • Faced with shrinking customer base, PERC tightens its belt

    Faced with shrinking customer base, PERC tightens its belt

    ORRINGTON — In the face of a shrinking customer base, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC) is turning to new methods in order to increase efficiency and reduce costs. “In our new operation there is a significant reduction in non-processable material, because our new grinders seem to process everything we throw at them,” said Plant

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Sept. 13

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Sept. 13

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a small island on Green Lake near Waltham Sunday to check on a woman screaming and standing in the water. Deputy Travis Frost said the caller tried to get the woman out of the water but she wouldn’t leave. “Upon arrival, the woman did exit the

  • Maine State Police Log Week of Sept. 13

    Maine State Police Log Week of Sept. 13

    ELLSWORTH — On Sept. 4, Maine State Police Trooper Shaunna Beaudoin arrested an Otis man who allegedly fired a gun across a public way several times, including shortly before and after a school bus was in the area. Beaudoin arrested James Soucy, 53, on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and reckless conduct

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Sept. 13

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Sept. 13

    ELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth man was arrested after allegedly punching and kicking his girlfriend during an argument on Sept. 7, according to a report of the incident. The woman reported the abuse to police two days later, at which point officers observed that she had “a wound on her right eye in the process of

  • Bucksport Police Log Week of Sept. 13

    Bucksport Police Log Week of Sept. 13

    BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Police Department rendered aid to its citizenry this past week. Officer Chris Woodman helped a motorist whose vehicle had broken down just after 4 a.m. Friday. Officer Ryan Welch gave a female employee of a downtown business a ride home at midnight Saturday. Welch said the woman was not dressed to

  • Downeast biotoxin closure extended

    LAMOINE — Last week, the Department of Marine Resources closed a stretch of the Downeast coast to the harvesting of clams, mussels, oysters and carnivorous snails. The closure was a precaution because of concerns about the presence of high levels of the marine organisms that produce domoic acid, the biotoxin that can cause ASP, amnesic

  • Walmart planning $1.43M project

    Walmart planning $1.43M project

    ELLSWORTH — Walmart is slated for an estimated $1.43 million worth of alterations, according to permits issued by the city’s Code Enforcement Office. The store is one of six locations, including Augusta, Brewer, Brunswick, Sanford and Scarborough, that will undergo renovations this year, according to a statement from the company. The company plans to add

  • September is Recovery Month

    ELLSWORTH — Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can