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  • Planning Board to consider plans for 61 new housing units

    Planning Board to consider plans for 61 new housing units

    ELLSWORTH — The city Planning Board will take up several projects at its meeting May 1, including 61 new housing units proposed by developer Jonathan Bates. Bates, the developer behind a new apartment complex off Washington Street, is on his way to his previously stated goal of becoming “the most prominent multi-family housing developer in

  • Twice blessed

    Twice blessed

    SURRY — Launching a new boat should always be a joyful event and last week’s launching of a new boat for the Maine Marine Patrol by Wesmac Custom Boats was extra special for young Brayson Dunton, who joined Spc. Sean Dow (left) and Officer Jeff Turcotte on the boat’s maiden voyage from the Surry launching

  • Commissioners discuss possible RCC expansion

    Commissioners discuss possible RCC expansion

    ELLSWORTH — As Hancock County’s population grows, so does the volume of 911 calls at the Hancock County Regional Communications Center. To that end, the Hancock County Commissioners met Tuesday with architect Mike Sealander about expanding the RCC’s operations center at the courthouse. “The existing space is small,” said RCC Director Bob Conary. “We’ve outgrown

  • Machias dental clinic attracts clients from as far as Bangor, Canada

    Machias dental clinic attracts clients from as far as Bangor, Canada

    MACHIAS — This year, several people crossed the border from Canada to take advantage of the annual free dental clinic in Machias. Although Canada offers universal health care, apparently dental is not included, said Jen Wood, dental program assistant with the Washington County Children’s Program, which runs the clinic. Of course, most clients came from

  • Top honors

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Public Library has announced the winners of the Ellsworth Through the Lens photography contest. Katlyn Valentine’s “Mesmerized,” a marvelously detailed shot of water running over the Ellsworth Dam, took first place. Valentine won a car detailing from Darling’s Chevrolet. In second was Shelly Van Camp for her “Sunset at the River.”

  • Winter returns to region with April storms

    Winter returns to region with April storms

    ELLSWORTH — The calendar says it’s spring, but a look outside may seem to contradict that. Snowfall Tuesday night into Wednesday morning followed a storm Monday and flurries last week. Those storms brought accumulations ranging from an inch to 7 inches, according to the National Weather Service. In Hancock County, Monday’s storm dumped snowfall totals

  • Dolphin tale

    Dolphin tale

    TREMONT — On Sunday, a team from Allied Whale rescued a juvenile Atlantic white-sided dolphin found stranded in West Tremont. Believed to have been stranded at high tide in the early morning hours, the dolphin, which appeared healthy, was released in an area where it could more easily swim back offshore.

  • Child flu death reported

    ELLSWORTH — A Washington County child has died in what the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said is an “influenza-associated” death, according to a press release on Monday. The child was unvaccinated and tested positive for influenza A, according to the CDC. It was the first influenza-associated pediatric death in three

  • Penobscot Marine Museum receives grant to catalog historic records collections

    SEARSPORT — Thanks to a grant from the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board, Penobscot Marine Museum has rehoused and cataloged four collections documenting quintessential 19th and 20th century Maine industries. The collections document the shipping of Maine’s natural resources, the use of Maine built ships in the global trading routes, and the evolution of Maine’s