Articles by: Johanna S. Billings

Johanna S. Billings

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at jbillings@ellsworthamerican.com.
  • Study determines clam brushing to be ineffective

    Study determines clam brushing to be ineffective

    GOULDSBORO — A local scientist says clam brushing isn’t any more effective in increasing soft-shell clam numbers than doing nothing. Clam brushing is the practice of standing cut spruce boughs in tidal areas to encourage clams to settle around the brush rather than being dispersed more widely by water currents. While clams do settle more

  • Proposal to divide DA district floated

    Proposal to divide DA district floated

    MACHIAS — Voters may get a chance to decide whether Washington and Hancock counties should establish separate prosecutorial districts or continue to share a district attorney. At the request of Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis, state Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias) is proposing a bill that would put the question on the ballot in both

  • 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

  • Lamoine to kick off year-long 150th celebration

    Lamoine to kick off year-long 150th celebration

    LAMOINE — See Robin run. If you’ve visited Lamoine, chances are good you have. The Lamoine resident has been running competitively since the 1970s, before other women were competing. Now 72, she still runs in Lamoine every day. Next month, the town kicks off a year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary. Among the biggest events