Our Town

“Our Town” is a weekly feature, starting Jan. 3, that will profile each of Hancock County’s municipalities as well as the county itself.

  • Life in sync for musician, public servant Antonio Blasi

    Life in sync for musician, public servant Antonio Blasi

    ELLSWORTH — If you know Antonio Blasi, it’s probably through music. The Hancock resident sings or plays woodwinds in bands around the county and beyond, from Bangor to Blue Hill. He’s played in the orchestra at The Grand, with the Bar Harbor Band, at the Winter Harbor Music Festival and was a co-founder of the

  • County administrator’s management skills surfaced early

    County administrator’s management skills surfaced early

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Administrator Scott Adkins has been managing businesses since he was old enough to ride a bike and mow lawns. The Bangor native recalled towing a push mower with his bike. “I made my own spreadsheets,” he said. Those included dates of when he mowed a certain lawn and whether or not

  • Sheriff praises Hancock County for beauty, safety

    Sheriff praises Hancock County for beauty, safety

    ELLSWORTH — A friend who worked as a Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy steered Scott Kane to law enforcement in 1984. “He persuaded me to come to work here part time. I’ve been here ever since,” said Kane, who went on to become the Hancock County sheriff in 2015. Kane, who graduated from Ellsworth High School

  • What does county government do?

    What does county government do?

    ELLSWORTH — Why do we have county government and where does all the county tax money go? County taxes fund the Sheriff’s Office’s law enforcement budget as well as the Hancock County Jail and the Hancock County Regional Communications Center. All of those departments operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The county

  • Territories are unorganized, but not their supervisor

    Territories are unorganized, but not their supervisor

    As the Unorganized Territories supervisor for Hancock County, Millard Billings manages more land than some small European countries — Andorra, Leichtenstein and Luxembourg come to mind — contain. The Unorganized Territories date to the colonial era, when surveyors laid out townships across eastern Maine. In time, residents in particular townships organized town governments (Ellsworth upgraded

  • Meet Unorganized Territories resident Nora Sargent Garland

    Meet Unorganized Territories resident Nora Sargent Garland

    Originally from Ellsworth, Nora Sargent Garland played basketball in grammar school and attended Ellsworth High School and Mount Desert Island High School. She and her husband, Robert Garland, moved to Fletchers Landing (then Township 8) “a little over 40 years ago. “I just love it up there,” Nora said. From her Hummingbird Lane home, “it’s

  • Unorganized Territories police report

    Unorganized Territories police report

    Township 3 Maine State Police, Troop J Type of call                                                     Number OUI — liquor                                                       1 Total calls for service                                           1 Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Type of call                                                      Number False 911 call                                                         2 Total calls for service                                             2   Township 7 Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Type of call                                                       Number Violation of protective order                                  2 Civil problem                    

  • Chief’s visit became permanent

    Chief’s visit became permanent

    Winter Harbor Fire Chief Tatum McLean grew up in Monmouth. He has lived and worked elsewhere in the United States, but his first visit to the Schoodic Peninsula convinced him “this was the place to be.” Graduating from Monmouth Academy in 1990, Tatum joined the Army as “an M-60 gunner, light infantry,” representing the third

  • Winter Harbor by the numbers

    Winter Harbor by the numbers

    Town Clerk’s report (2018) Births: 1 Deaths: 10 Marriages: 13   Registered voters 484 total registered voters 121 Democrats 181 Republicans 19 Green Independent Party 163 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report Outstanding 2018 real estate taxes (as of June 30, 2018) 44 accounts (40 taxpayers): $75,708.03   Winter Harbor Volunteer Fire

  • Put a face on it: Town Clerk Joe Jordan

    Put a face on it: Town Clerk Joe Jordan

    Waltham Town Clerk Joe Jordan grew up not far from where his father, Harvey, built Jordan Brothers Garage at the intersection of routes 179 and 200 in Waltham in 1959. After attending Waltham’s Longfellow School through second grade, Joe went to Cave Hill School in Eastbrook and graduated from Ellsworth High School. The day came

  • Meet Waltham resident Chris Kravitt

    Meet Waltham resident Chris Kravitt

    A graduate of Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn., Waltham resident Chris Kravitt attended Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. “I was at loose ends” afterward, he recalled, and then the Milford, Conn., owner of Mud Mill Pottery on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton offered Chris a summer job in 1976. Expecting to stay

  • Waltham by the numbers

    Waltham by the numbers

    Town Clerk’s report (2018) Births: 3 Deaths: 7 Marriages: 2   Registered voters 291 total registered voters 50 Democrats 145 Republicans 9 Green Independent Party 1 Libertarian 86 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report Outstanding 2018 real estate taxes 41 accounts (41 taxpayers): $41,258.23   Outstanding 2017 tax liens Eight accounts (eight