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Maine news from Ellsworth, Bucksport, Gouldsboro, Blue Hill, Sullivan, Surry, Hancock, Deer Isle, Stonington, Orland and throughout Hancock County.

  • Expanded rental relief for locals 

    Expanded rental relief for locals 

    ELLSWORTH— Downeast Community Partners (DCP) will locally administer an expanded rental assistance program that will double the amount households impacted economically by COVID-19 are eligible to receive and extend the number of months applicants can receive support.   Governor Janet Mills announced on July 30 that the partnership between MaineHousing and Maine’s Community Action Agencies will increase its rental assistance from $500 to

  • Homeschooling questions answered 

    Homeschooling questions answered 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR—Are you confused about what school is going to look like next year? Are you interested in exploring options? Bring your questions about homeschooling to a community Q&A on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m.   There will be a panel of homeschooling parents with nearly a century of collective experience who will share what they’ve learned and be available

  • Maine tourism touts Bar Harbor in marketing campaign  

    Maine tourism touts Bar Harbor in marketing campaign  

    AUGUSTA— In July, the Maine Office of Tourism hosted a presentation where it unveiled its recent marketing efforts to promote tourism in Maine. The marketing program includes television, radio, digital, social media and streaming video targeted to residents of Maine and the five states currently allowed to visit Maine without travel restrictions (Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont).  The campaign will now shift gears to promoting Maine as

  • Maine tourism touts Bar Harbor in marketing campaign  

    AUGUSTA— In July, the Maine Office of Tourism hosted a presentation where it unveiled its recent marketing efforts to promote tourism in Maine. The marketing program includes television, radio, digital, social media and streaming video targeted to residents of Maine and the five states currently allowed to visit Maine without travel restrictions (Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont).  The campaign will now shift gears to promoting Maine as

  • Town Meeting livestreamed 

    Town Meeting livestreamed 

    MOUNT DESERT — The Town Meeting next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., which will be held in the front parking lot at Mount Desert Island High School, will be livestreamed on YouTube. The link may be found on the town’s website: mtdesert.org. 

  •  March canceled 

     March canceled 

    BAR HARBOR — The MDI Racial Justice Coalition, which has been holding regular rallies and marches since late May, opted to cancel a march planned for Sunday, Aug. 2 citing an increase in cases of COVID-19 in Hancock County and at Mount Desert Island Hospital.  “We believe that holding a march and rally is a small

  • Federal money to go toward airport repairs

    Federal money to go toward airport repairs

    TRENTON—Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport will receive $854,548 to improve airport infrastructure, according to a statement issued by U.S. Senator Susan Collins last week.  Collins, the chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport was one of eight airports in Maine to receive a total of $3.5 million awarded through the U.S. Department of

  • Quietside Cafe to have a new home in 2021

    Quietside Cafe to have a new home in 2021

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Ralph and Frances Reed have served ice cream, blueberry pie, pizza, burgers and an assortment of seafood options from Quietside Cafe at 360 Main Street for the last 24 years. This is their last season in that space.  It wasn’t necessarily their choice. There is a new owner of the building they operate from who has new plans.   “Our new landlord gave

  • Mystery seeds 

    Mystery seeds 

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Bureau of Agriculture is asking anyone who has received unsolicited packages containing seeds, purportedly sent from China, to get in touch via an online form to assist with a national investigation.  The seeds are usually sent in white packages displaying Chinese lettering and the words “China Post.”

  • Trump signs Outdoors Act 

    Trump signs Outdoors Act 

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed the Great American Outdoors Act, which Congress passed last month. It includes the Restore Our Parks Act that creates a fund to provide up to $6.5 billion over the next five years to address the backlog of deferred maintenance projects in national parks across the country, including Acadia.