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  • Cooperative Extension presents leadership awards

    Cooperative Extension presents leadership awards

    ELLSWORTH — Two local women were honored with leadership awards Oct. 24 during the Hancock County Extension Association’s annual meeting. The 2019 Annette Valenoti Leadership in Action Award was awarded posthumously to Jill Ames of Trenton, and accepted by her daughters, Andrea and Wendy. Jill was a Master Gardener volunteer who gave many volunteer hours

  • Firms sought for HCTC study

    Firms sought for HCTC study

    ELLSWORTH — Plans are moving forward for a feasibility and planning study to look into renovating or expanding Hancock County Technical Center (HCTC). A notice seeking firms to work with the HCTC Facility Feasibility Steering Committee was posted on the School Department website as well as in the Bangor Daily News and Kennebec Journal last

  • EHS freshman joins the Eagle Scout ranks

    EHS freshman joins the Eagle Scout ranks

    ELLSWORTH — Neil Armstrong. Stephen Breyer. Gerald Ford. In June, 14-year-old Ellsworth High School student Robert Springer joined their venerable ranks when he earned the highest rank in Boy Scouts: Eagle Scout. His achievement was recognized at a ceremony in September. “He loves it,” said Springer’s father, Mike. “He’s matured tremendously. There’s a lot worse

  • Girl Scouts celebrate women’s right to vote

    Girl Scouts celebrate women’s right to vote

    SURRY — Girl Scout Troop 823 celebrated 100 years of votes for women by taking part in the statewide Daffodil Tribute on Monday, Oct. 28. The Girl Scouts planted daffodil bulbs at the Surry Memorial Park and the town municipal building. Troop 823 selected the two locations because of their importance to the local community,

  • Frightfully big lineup of area Halloween events scheduled

    Frightfully big lineup of area Halloween events scheduled

    ELLSWORTH — There will be plenty of chances to get into the Halloween spirit with a full slate of events scheduled throughout the area. Halloween in Ellsworth on Thursday, Oct. 31, kicks off with trick-or-treating downtown from 3-5 p.m. Participating businesses will have balloons displayed. That will be followed by the downtown Halloween parade and

  • Maine adopts marijuana symbol

    Maine adopts marijuana symbol

    AUGUSTA — Warning: there’s pot in there. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, part of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, has introduced the universal symbol that will be used to identify adult use marijuana and marijuana products. The symbol, required by the Marijuana Legalization Act, will be used in Maine to identify packages

  • Bond, amendment on Nov. 5 ballot

    Bond, amendment on Nov. 5 ballot

    ELLSWORTH — Maine voters will head to the ballot box on Nov. 5 to consider two statewide measures: a $105-million transportation bond and a constitutional amendment that would allow voters with physical disabilities to sign petitions in an alternative manner. The majority ($85 million) of the bond, if passed, would be directed toward the rehabilitation

  • Bicentennial planning session set for Oct. 30

    CASTINE — Area groups will gather at the Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center Wednesday, Oct. 30, to share plans and brainstorm ideas for Maine’s bicentennial celebration in 2020. DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism, Abbe Museum and Castine History Partners are hosting a workshop geared to history-loving organizations in Hancock and Washington counties. The groups will share

  • 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