• Leafy invaders are a real threat

    Much of Maine’s summer economy is based on the respite and enjoyment offered by the lakes, ponds and streams away from our rocky coastline. These water bodies face a mounting threat. Milfoil, submerged aquatic plants found in freshwater bodies, is natural to much of Maine. Yet two invasive subspecies — variable leaf and Eurasian watermilfoil

  • Taste of Ellsworth was a banquet

    Congratulations and awe to The Heart of Ellsworth for bringing off Saturday’s second annual Taste of Ellsworth festival. A total home run. The confluence of sunny weather, painstaking organization, team spirit and enduring good vibes from last year’s inaugural event served up a feast of food, high spirits and good company from mid-afternoon until dark.

  • “Our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred honor”

    “ … The Representatives of the united states of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to

  • License to celebrate

    On March 15, 1820, Maine was accepted as the 23rd state of the United States of America, thanks to the Missouri Compromise. With a majority vote of the region’s citizens, Maine was no longer part of Massachusetts. In less than two years, we Mainers will celebrate our 200th birthday. Maine’s 128th Legislature resolved to establish

  • The results are in

    Maine’s spring primary results are in. We now know who the political party candidates will be for the November elections for governor and Congress, as well as the state Legislature. The victors should be recognized for their successful efforts and thanked for their willingness to make the commitment to serve their fellow citizens. Given the

  • Building permits signal economic gains

    Have you tried to hire a plumber lately? An electrician? How about a contractor to remodel your home or replace a roof? For many folks around Hancock County, it is becoming very difficult to find, retain or schedule a qualified contractor for residential or commercial work. Ask one of the local building supply houses how

  • Traffic congestion expanding

    The headlines are spreading: Cadillac Summit Closed, Route One Traffic Backed-up for Miles, Route IA Closed by Accident, Trenton Bridge Accident Closes Route 3, and on they go. The economic success that comes with being a top destination for summer tourists, and the transportation grid necessary to support our service economy, are being heavily impacted

  • Seize the opportunities

    Late spring in Maine brings many new beginnings, including numerous college and high school graduations. It is a ceremony of passage, leaving one place, one step in life, and leaping to the next. America’s youth are worldlier and possess more technological aptitude than any generation before them, giving them tools to meet challenges unforeseen barely

  • Debt clock keeps on ticking

    America’s federal debt now exceeds $21.2 trillion and each citizen’s share of that debt is more than $64,500. The Congressional Budget Office, in its “Budget and Economic Outlook: 2018-2028,” says that our federal debt is projected to be on a steadily rising trajectory throughout the coming decade. Debt held by the public, which has doubled

  • The better part of valor

    The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) voted last Thursday to allow member towns to rely, temporarily, on their former trash-to-energy partner, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC), for garbage disposal. The decision was rational and expedient. It also was painful. Had everything gone according to plan, the Municipal Review Committee’s 115 member towns would be sending