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  • Exhibit raises awareness about domestic violence

    Exhibit raises awareness about domestic violence

    ELLSWORTH — Patrisha McLean, founder and president of Finding Our Voices and a survivor of domestic violence, is bringing her photographic exhibit to businesses in Ellsworth in May. Passers-by may notice the 4-foot-by-2-foot banners, each featuring a different Maine survivor, in 21 downtown business windows. The banners feature women, including two from Ellsworth, who have

  • Bucksport Man Arrested in Shooting Over Social Media Dispute

    Bucksport Man Arrested in Shooting Over Social Media Dispute

    BUCKSPORT — A dispute over a social media post led to a shooting here Thursday night outside a residence, reported Deputy Police Chief David Winchester. The victim was shot one time, Winchester said. The man, who has not been identified, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital and released. Police arrested the alleged

  • Pandemic causing court backlog

    Pandemic causing court backlog

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s criminal court docket tends to be crowded no matter the time of year, but three months of courts being closed due to the pandemic has created a significant backlog, according to local attorneys. “The system was already at its limit before this, so without some creative solutions, I don’t see how it

  • School Union 93 superintendent announces remote learning through June 12

    School Union 93 superintendent announces remote learning through June 12

    BLUE HILL — Union 93 schools will continue educating students remotely through the end of this school year, according to Superintendent Mark Hurvitt. Hurvitt sent a letter to the community Friday afternoon. Union 93 consists of Blue Hill, Surry, Sedgwick, Castine and Brooksville. “That decision was reached yesterday after our ZOOM meeting with the Commissioner and

  • Ties that bind and break

    Ties that bind and break

    Reviewed by Carl Little Special to The Ellsworth American MOUNT DESERT — Back in November, Maine novelist Richard Russo sat down with fellow writer Jennifer Boylan at the Portland Public Library to discuss his latest novel, “Chances Are….” At Boylan’s invitation, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winner started out by reading an excerpt from the book,

  • Lamoine recesses Town Meeting until further notice

    Lamoine recesses Town Meeting until further notice

    LAMOINE — The Lamoine Board of Selectmen has found a way to comply with state Town Meeting requirements without a large gathering. On March 15, Governor Janet Mills signed a proclamation declaring a state of civil emergency in Maine. In conjunction, she recommended further social distancing, including canceling gatherings of more than 50 people. In

  • Amherst woman charged in Orland theft case

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Amherst woman in connection with a burglary and theft investigation that began late last year at a business and residence in Orland, police announced Friday. Detective Frank Jennings said deputies executed a search warrant and served an arrest warrant at an Amherst residence on Feb.

  • Jazz pianist to kick off concert series

    Jazz pianist to kick off concert series

    BLUE HILL — The Quartessence combo, led by pianist Scott Cleveland and featuring the University of Maine at Orono’s finest jazz musicians, will kick off the 2020 Vanderkay Concert Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. The evening’s program will focus on jazz and Mardi Gras music