Articles by: Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Reporter and columnist at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.
  • Citizens protest sheriff’s riot gear request

    Citizens protest sheriff’s riot gear request

    ELLSWORTH — Sheriff Scott Kane withdrew his request to purchase protective riot gear for his officers prior to a heated debate during Tuesday’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting.  During an interview last week, Kane said the proposed “riot gear” items are helmets with face shields, batons and protective gloves.   “That’s what I was going to ask for. It’s not something that’s used to be

  • Tremont man wins partial victory in post-conviction review

    Tremont man wins partial victory in post-conviction review

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock Superior Court Justice Robert Murray has partially granted and partially denied a Tremont man’s petition for post-conviction review.  Murray issued his written decision in Ben Hodgdon’s case on March 20.  Hodgdon, 52, is currently incarcerated at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham serving a 3½-year sentence for one count each of gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual

  • Biden leads Democratic primary in Maine

    Biden leads Democratic primary in Maine

    ELLSWORTH — With the majority of precincts reporting, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden was the frontrunner in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in Maine. Locally, Bernie Sanders was the victor. As of mid-morning Wednesday, Sanders had received 63,221 votes (33 percent) statewide and 3,262 votes in Hancock County. Meanwhile, former vice president Biden received 65,481 votes

  • Grand jury indictments

    Grand jury indictments

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Grand Jury Feb. 6 indicted the following people: Alexander Dmitrieff, 23, of Mount Desert, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, violating conditions of release Nov. 9 in Mount Desert; two counts burglary and one count each criminal trespass, criminal mischief, burglary of a motor vehicle and theft by unauthorized

  • Airport manager resigns

    Airport manager resigns

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County–Bar Harbor Airport Manager Brad Madeira has resigned effective Feb. 14, much to the dismay of the Hancock County Commissioners and county staff.  Madeira has led the airport since July 2013.   “I apologize for somewhat of a brief departure,” Madeira told the commissioners at the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday. “Due to personal reasons it’s just what I need to

  • Doughlicious!


    Nothing spells love and appreciation like a home-cooked gift from your kitchen. Especially if that gift entails doughnuts. Jeri Bowers knows this well. During the Christmas season, Bowers rises early to make homemade doughnuts for the staff at the MDI Biological Laboratory in the Bar Harbor village of Salisbury Cove where she works as director

  • Remembering those we lost in 2019

    Remembering those we lost in 2019

    ELLSWORTH — Among the notable Hancock County residents who passed in 2019 was Ellsworth’s former library director and longtime Rotary Club secretary. Charlene Churchill died Sunday at her sister’s residence in Heath, Mass., after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to the Ellsworth Rotary Club. “I don’t think she was ready to not continue,” said

  • Trenton man sentenced in firearms case

    Trenton man sentenced in firearms case

    BANGOR — A Trenton man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor for possessing a firearm as a felon, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced. U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Timothy Levesque, 53, to one year and one day in prison and two years of supervised release. Levesque had pleaded guilty

  • Sheriff’s wandering program to be safety net for people with dementia

    ELLSWORTH — A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is surely scary, as are any other health diagnoses involving dementia. Further complicating the issue is that those with dementia are prone to “wandering,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In fact, the association said that 6 in 10 people with dementia may wander. However, they aren’t necessarily wandering

  • County administrator’s management skills surfaced early

    County administrator’s management skills surfaced early

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Administrator Scott Adkins has been managing businesses since he was old enough to ride a bike and mow lawns. The Bangor native recalled towing a push mower with his bike. “I made my own spreadsheets,” he said. Those included dates of when he mowed a certain lawn and whether or not