• Flare disposal bill is a hot topic online

    Flare disposal bill is a hot topic online

    ELLSWORTH — A bill in the Maine Legislature aimed at establishing a safe way to dispose of expired marine flares has become a hot topic on the internet. On Monday, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hear testimony on LD 430 sponsored by Rep. Joyce “Jay” McCreight (D-Harpswell), who chairs the

  • Panel discussion at Moore Center

    ELLSWORTH — The League of Women Voters – Downeast will present a panel discussion on journalism and democracy on Saturday, March 2, from 2-4 p.m. at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. The discussion is titled “Free Press: Enemy of the People?” and will focus on the importance of a free press in a functioning

  • Proposed legislation riles, cheers wormers

    Proposed legislation riles, cheers wormers

    AUGUSTA — The age-old conflict over access to Maine’s tidal flats got another airing last week during a public hearing on proposed legislation in the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee. Rep. Stanley Zeigler (D-Montville) filed a bill that would prohibit operation of a motor vehicle other than “authorized emergency vehicles” in the intertidal zone except to

  • Grohoski backs plan for consumer-owned electric utility

    Grohoski backs plan for consumer-owned electric utility

    ELLSWORTH — State Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) said she will co-sponsor legislation this session intended to replace Central Maine Power (CMP) and Emera Maine with a “consumer-owned utility.” “This is an important initiative that I’m involved in to save consumers money, improve reliability and have more power over our energy future in Maine,” said Grohoski

  • 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

  • State rep to meet constituents Feb. 9

    ELLSWORTH — State Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) will hold her next “Coffee with Constituents” event on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9-11 a.m. at Flexit Café, 192 Main St. in Ellsworth. People from the communities of Ellsworth and Trenton are welcome to come talk with Grohoski about topics of interest to them. The first 10 constituents

  • Marine Resources Committee open for business, sets Keliher confirmation hearing

    AUGUSTA — It’s a busy time for Maine’s newly organized 129th Legislature, with a new governor in the Blaine House, new committee chairs and nearly a thousand bills already filed for consideration, many of them sure to provoke controversy. The Marine Resources Committee has new co-chairs, Sen. Dave Miramant (D-Knox County) and Rep. Joyce McCreight

  • Lincoln Day event at Ellsworth VFW

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Republicans invite the public to attend a Lincoln Day celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Ellsworth VFW Hall. There will be a potluck dinner and a dessert competition as well as entertainment by Joe Marshall. The guest speaker for the evening is former U.S. Rep. Bruce