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  • Paint the town

    Paint the town

    ELLSWORTH — October in Downeast Maine means vibrant red and orange blueberry fields such as this one off Branch Pond Road in Ellsworth. Lily Calderwood, University of Maine Extension wild blueberry specialist and assistant professor of horticulture, explained that wild blueberry plants are similar to deciduous trees in that they release chlorophyll in the fall

  • American named Distinguished Paper

    American named Distinguished Paper

    ELLSWORTH — The New England Newspaper and Press Association on Oct. 10 named The Ellsworth American a “Distinguished Newspaper” among large-circulation New England weeklies in its “Newspaper of the Year” contest. The award was announced at the New England Newspaper Conference in Worcester, Mass. The American’s sister paper, the Mount Desert Islander, was named “Newspaper

  • Picture perfect

    Picture perfect

    BAR HARBOR — Visitors and locals alike haven’t been able to resist pulling over to snap photos of the blazing foliage at Mount Desert Narrows in Bar Harbor in recent weeks.

  • Stookeys to perform at Blue Hill fundraiser

    Stookeys to perform at Blue Hill fundraiser

    ELLSWORTH — Noel Paul Stookey and the Rev. Betty Stookey will perform their program “One Light, Many Candles” on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. The event is a fundraiser for the church and for the Dolly Fisher Fund, which provides heating fuel assistance to needy families.

  • City candidates forum is Oct. 22

    City candidates forum is Oct. 22

    ELLSWORTH — Five candidates running for three seats on the City Council will gather in a public forum Tuesday, Oct. 22, as part of the Heart of Ellsworth 2019 Community Conversations series. Meet the Candidates will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the former J&B Atlantic Building, 142 Main St., in downtown Ellsworth. The program

  • Sedgwick business harvests first cranberry crop

    Sedgwick business harvests first cranberry crop

    SEDGWICK — Sisters Kipp and Dale Quinby have harvested the first crop of cranberries from their new venture, Red Bog, a small, organic bog. Kipp and Dale have been busy sorting and packing berries for their retail and wholesale customers. Since taking over the bog from a neighbor last year, the sisters have been learning

  • SPCA seeking foster families for cats

    SPCA seeking foster families for cats

    TRENTON — The SPCA of Hancock County is looking for people to provide foster care for cats. In a foster care situation, the cat or cats stay temporarily in the home of a human caregiver. The shelter provides all supplies including a litter box and litter, a carrier and food, said Nichola Redmond, executive director.

  • Lamoine considers community center

    Lamoine considers community center

    LAMOINE — Residents have until Nov. 28 to weigh in on whether the town should establish a community center and, if so, what it should be like. The town released a 22-question survey for residents last week, said Paul Howaniec, who chairs the six-member community center committee. The idea of a community center in Lamoine

  • VA names national cemetery in Washington County

    VA names national cemetery in Washington County

    JONESBORO — Another area landmark is taking the name “Acadia.” The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week that the new cemetery now under construction in Jonesboro will be called Acadia National Cemetery. The name was selected because federal law requires Veterans Administration properties, including cemeteries, to be named for the geographical area in