Articles by: Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Anne Berleant covers news and features in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. When not reporting, find her hiking local trails, reading or watching professional tennis. Anne loves tips and story ideas from the public. Email her at [email protected] or call her at 667-2576.
  • NOAA awards $850,000 for tracking, reporting lobster harvests 

    NOAA awards $850,000 for tracking, reporting lobster harvests 

    ELLSWORTH — Grant funds continue to flow into the Maine commercial lobster fishery on the heels of $2 million research grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative announced in September. NOAA is also behind these awards directed at monitoring the fishery:  A grant of$250,000 to further test and develop vessel monitoring systems for lobster vessels. According

  • Luchini holds on to senate seat

    Luchini holds on to senate seat

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — In a Senate District 7 race featuring two Ellsworth candidates, Democratic incumbent Louie Luchini comfortably held onto his seat over former Republican state senator Brian Langley in his bid to return to Augusta. With nearly 97 percent of precincts reporting, Luchini received 54.6 percent of the votes cast, 13,950, while Langley received 45.4 percent for a total of 11,595. The district includes 28 municipalities in Hancock County, including Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Frenchboro, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert, Tremont, Trenton and Swan’s Island.   “I’m certainly

  • Mills extends state of emergency order to end of November

    Mills extends state of emergency order to end of November

    BAR HARBOR — With positive case numbers continuing to rise across Maine, Governor Janet Mills has extended the state of civil emergency to the end of November. The administration has postponed the reopening of bars and tasting rooms, which had been scheduled for Nov. 2, reinstated quarantine-or-test requirements for travelers from New York, Connecticut and

  • Grohoski wins House race

    Grohoski wins House race

    TRENTON — The 132nd District race to represent Ellsworth and Trenton returned one-term Democratic incumbent Nicole Grohoski to the House, after she won 55 percent of the votes cast, 3,061, in defeating Republican challenger Michelle Kaplan, who received 45 percent, or 2,497. Grohoksi swept both towns, winning 2,521 to 2,076 in Ellsworth and 540-421 in Trenton.

  • Cease-and-desist order sought 

    Cease-and-desist order sought 

    ELLSWORTH — In a long-running effort to make Black Bear Hydro address fish kills attributed to the energy company’s Union River dam operation, Downeast Salmon Federation has requested that the Department of Environmental Protection issue an immediate cease-and-desist order on turbine operations during the seasonal alewife migration.  The Oct. 15 request cites multiple observations of juvenile alewives being

  • CDC sounds alarm as case rate climbs

    CDC sounds alarm as case rate climbs

    ELLSWORTH — In the latest Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) briefing on COVID-19, Director Dr. Nirav Shah said in quite clear terms, “The spike of which we foreshadowed is happening.” With positive cases reported at over 50 per day this week — 174 positive test results were reported in the three-day period

  • Langley, Luchini talk about pandemic, environment 

    Langley, Luchini talk about pandemic, environment 

    ELLSWORTH — Incumbent state Sen. Louie Luchini and former four-term senator Brian Langley exchanged views on the 2020 election’s hot-button issues in a virtual forum on Oct. 13. Former state senator and Bar Harbor Town Council member Jill Goldthwait served as moderator, with questions covering climate change, health care, renewable energy and restarting a state economy battered by COVID-19.   Both candidates are seasoned legislators, with Luchini,