Posts Tagged: Washington County

  • Developer offering community grants

    COLUMBIA — A wind farm developer is offering grants to programs and organizations in Washington County in the areas of public health, economic development, sustainability and education Apex Clean Energy, based in Charlottesville, Va., is proposing to build approximately 30 wind turbines on 22,000 acres in Columbia and land nearby in the Unorganized Territory, with

  • DMR asks DMR to approve aquaculture lease

    DMR asks DMR to approve aquaculture lease

    CUTLER — A three-year, four-acre experimental aquaculture lease to raise Atlantic salmon in Cutler Harbor was recently filed with the Department of Marine Resources. The applicant? The Department of Marine Resources, more particularly DMR’s Division of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat. The reviewer? DMR’s Aquaculture Division. The application requests a lease on four acres on

  • California family conserving land in Washington County

    California family conserving land in Washington County

    HARRINGTON — A family vacation turned into a conservation project involving 150 acres of forest land in Harrington and Whiting. In July 2018, the Ondich family of Upland, Calif., vacationed in Washington County. Shortly after returning home, they purchased the 150-acre tract with the goal of conserving the property. The following year, when the family

  • Four charged with trafficking heroin

    Four charged with trafficking heroin

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports four people have been charged with selling heroin in Washington County. The following were arrested on a charge of unlawful trafficking in heroin: Ashley Doten, 32, of Indian Township. Ralph Francis, 27, of Indian Township. Marcus Horry, 35, of Logan, W.Va. Raymond Neptune, 29, of Indian Township.

  • Census will determine  Maine’s “fair share”

    Census will determine Maine’s “fair share”

    ELLSWORTH — Starting next month every household in Ellsworth, and Hancock County, and Maine, and the entire country will start receiving the same thing in the mail — an invitation to fill out the 2020 census. Conducted every 10 years, the census asks just nine questions, and the goal is fairly straightforward — to get

  • Fish farmers fit right in at Jonesport “hotspot”

    Fish farmers fit right in at Jonesport “hotspot”

    JONESPORT — Before planting even the first seeds, terrestrial farmers cultivate the land from which they hope to harvest a crop. Smart fish farmers are no different, so on a rainy Tuesday last week, Tom and Megan Sorby, the on-site operations team for the Netherlands-based aquaculture company Zeeland Kingfish, settled in at the Moosabec Video

  • Winter fun day set for Feb. 29

    MACHIAS — A winter outdoor fun day is planned for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Middle River Park and at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce train station, weather permitting. Snow is needed for all the outdoor activities, so March 7 has been set as a snow date. The event will feature

  • Veterinarian who lost license fined

    MACHIAS — A Machias veterinarian practicing without a license since January 2018 has been found in contempt of court and fined $10,000. At a hearing Jan. 21 at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta, Cynthia Teer was found to be in violation of court orders issued on Aug. 6, 2018, and Dec. 7, 2018. The

  • New superintendent hired in Cherryfield

    New superintendent hired in Cherryfield

    CHERRYFIELD — When Rob Riley saw an ad for a Cherryfield School Department superintendent, he was intrigued. Not only was he interested enough to make the three-hour-and-20-minute trip from his home in Saco for an interview, but also enough to come out of retirement to accept the position. Since he started his duties Jan. 2,

  • Murder suspect being held without bail

    CALAIS — The man accused of fatally shooting three people and injuring a fourth last week is being held without bail in the Washington County Jail. Thomas Bonfanti, 63, of Northfield, who was represented by attorney Jeffrey Silverstein, made his first court appearance Feb. 5 following the Feb. 3 shooting rampage. Standing in the Calais

  • Community center concept draws support

    Community center concept draws support

    EAST MACHIAS — During a conversation after Thanksgiving dinner, Teresa Maresh and Liz Henry came up with an idea. What if residents, businesses and organizations could come together to create a community center that could engage the area’s youth with arts and crafts, chess, dance and other activities? Thinking such a center might even help

  • Case made for District 7 split

    Case made for District 7 split

    ELLSWORTH — For the past 45 years, no one serving as district attorney for Washington County has actually been a resident of Washington County. Currently, Washington and Hancock counties make up prosecutorial District 7. Since the district was created in the 1970s, the three people who have served as district attorney have lived in Hancock

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