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  • Hancock County Jail log week of Oct. 24

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between Oct. 4 and 17: Joseph P. Asbury, 46, Wolfeboro, N.H., refusing to sign criminal summons, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Brian E. LaGasse, 42, Sullivan, assault, disorderly conduct. Devin R. Riley, 21, Sullivan, disorderly conduct. William C. Butler-Lagasse,

  • Town switching to ‘one bin all in’

    Town switching to ‘one bin all in’

    MOUNT DESERT — By the end of the year, residents here will no longer need to dispose of their trash and recyclables separately. The Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 Monday night to approve Public Works Director Tony Smith’s recommendation to switch to a system he called “one bin all in.” “All the garbage and all

  • Marijuana straw poll set

    Marijuana straw poll set

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Residents will have two chances to weigh in and ask questions about marijuana businesses in the next two weeks. First, a second public hearing on the topic of opening the town to retail stores, cultivation, manufacturing or testing facilities for adult use (recreational) and medical marijuana is set for Tuesday, Oct. 29

  • Carroll to lead Solar Program

    Carroll to lead Solar Program

    BAR HARBOR — A Climate to Thrive has hired a new Solar Program Manager, Bryan Carroll of Isle au Haut. He will organize broader efforts to bring solar solutions to residents, businesses, non-profits and municipalities of Mount Desert Island and surrounding communities. “The position dovetails well with his current position as General Manager of the

  • Training for adults about adverse childhood experiences

    Training for adults about adverse childhood experiences

    ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia and the Hancock County Drug Free Communities Initiative will sponsor “Adverse Childhood Experiences: Trauma Informed Care,” on Monday, Oct. 28 from 2-4:15 p.m. at the Ellsworth City Hall council chamber. The free presentation and community discussion will be facilitated by Julie Redding of the Community Caring Collaborative. Redding will offer a

  • DMR’s answer to whale rules focus offshore

    DMR’s answer to whale rules focus offshore

    ELLSWORTH — As the battle over how best to protect endangered northern right whales continues to escalate, the Department of Marine Resources is proposing a new set of requirements for lobster gear that the department believes will help reduce injury to the whales without imposing severe, and some say dangerous, restrictions on fishermen. Last week,

  • Libraries host Halloween, Day of the Dead celebrations

    Libraries host Halloween, Day of the Dead celebrations

    TREMONT — The Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor libraries have a full slate of activities planned in the coming week to celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead. The Southwest Harbor Public Library will host pumpkin carving for kids at the American Legion Hall on Friday, Oct. 25 from 1-5 p.m. Pumpkins will be

  • School board down a member

    TREMONT — Members of the Tremont Consolidated School Committee accepted the resignation of one member at its Oct. 9 meeting. Amy Rich, who was elected at the 2017 annual town meeting for a three year term, submitted a letter of resignation to the board prior to the meeting. School committee members are looking for someone

  • Mobile app allows anonymous tips of illegal substance use

    Mobile app allows anonymous tips of illegal substance use

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Healthy Acadia to launch a new mobile app, HancockCo Sheriff, which allows residents of Hancock County to anonymously notify law enforcement about underage drinking and illegal drug use. Users of HancockCo Sheriff can submit tips directly from their smartphone via an anonymous text. Tipsters are