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. Email her at [email protected]
  • COVID-19 vaccination plan updated; outbreak at Maine Coast Hospital

    COVID-19 vaccination plan updated; outbreak at Maine Coast Hospital

    Maine residents are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination — but slowly. A total of 53,511 frontline health-care and other workers and residents of long-term care and nursing home facilities have been vaccinated since late December, with 8,493 of them receiving the required second dose, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Executive Director Dr. Nirav Shah said at a Jan. 13 press briefing.

  • NOAA proposes new round of whale protections

    NOAA proposes new round of whale protections

    BAR HARBOR — A proposed rule released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Dec. 30 aims to lower North Atlantic right whale entanglements in commercial fishing lines. Its release follows two years of research, public meetings and comment. Federal regulators found the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) proposal submitted last January

  • Urgent care center to open in Ellsworth

    Urgent care center to open in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — A new choice for urgent medical care will be available for area residents when ConvenientMD opens a new clinic on High Street on Jan. 7. The clinic will join five other care centers the Portsmouth, N.H.-based health-care chain operates in Maine, including one in Bangor and four in central and southern Maine. “We

  • State aquaculture program faces backlog, funding issues in 2021

    State aquaculture program faces backlog, funding issues in 2021

    ELLSWORTH — Like nearly every facet of life, the pandemic has affected the state aquaculture industry, the Maine Aquaculture Advisory Council made clear in a virtual meeting on Dec. 7. Aquaculture lease applications are backlogged because hearings stopped, which is “a huge concern for the aquaculture industry,” Council member Briana Warner said. In addition, 2021

  • MRC talks 2021 budget, with buyer in sight

    MRC talks 2021 budget, with buyer in sight

    ELLSWORTH — With a buyer for the Coastal Resources of Maine waste facility in Hampden in the wings — Municipal Review Committee President Karen Fussell likened it to a Christmas present — the MRC’s annual meeting on Dec. 16 focused on a draft budget for 2021 and reopening plans. “[MRC] will work with the new

  • First COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Maine

    First COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Maine

    ELLSWORTH — One thousand nine hundred and fifty Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19 arrived in Maine this morning in “the first of a number of significant steps,” Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Nirav Shah announced Monday. The 1,950 doses were delivered to Mercy Hospital in Portland and Northern Light Eastern Maine

  • Ellsworth High School teacher charged with unlawful sexual contact

    Ellsworth High School teacher charged with unlawful sexual contact

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth School Department and the Ellsworth Police issued a press release Dec. 11 reporting the arrest of Ellsworth High School English teacher Adam Hitchcock, 24, of Bangor. The charge is Class C unlawful sexual contact. The arrest arises from an allegation concerning possible inappropriate contact between a teacher and a 15-year-old student. “Evidence

  • Fiberight buyer eyes reopening

    Fiberight buyer eyes reopening

    BAR HARBOR — Among the discussion topics for members of the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) board of directors at a meeting on Nov. 29 were a draft of the group’s 2021 budget and news of a prospective buyer of the Hampden waste-to-biofuel facility, which has been closed since May. “I do know that the company

  • Lobster stock levels remain high in Gulf of Maine, but future issues cause concern 

    Lobster stock levels remain high in Gulf of Maine, but future issues cause concern 

    BAR HARBOR — For the local lobster fishery, there is now and there is the future.  The “now” looks solid for local commercial lobster fishery, based on findings reported in the 2020 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment, which reported the stock at “record high abundance levels.” The good news continued: “Stock projections conducted as part of the assessment suggested a low probability of abundance

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