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

  • Bar Harbor Hannaford employee Cote is national ‘Best Bagger’

    Bar Harbor Hannaford employee Cote is national ‘Best Bagger’

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Nicole Cote played it cool on stage at the San Diego Convention Center Monday evening as she and her four fellow finalists in the National Grocers’ Association’s Best Bagger Contest waited to hear which of them would win it all. An Ellsworth resident, Cote works at the Bar Harbor Hannaford. She

  • Maine CASA to hold spring training

    Maine CASA to hold spring training

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program is holding its spring training for volunteer advocates on March 17-20. The four-day training is free. Attendees learn about all aspects of child advocacy work in order to be certified as a volunteer guardian ad litem in the Maine District Courts. Maine CASAs are community

  • Ships supported

    Ships supported

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Responding to proposals in President Trump’s request budget request for the coming fiscal year, Maine’s congressional delegation expressed concern that funding for destroyers built at Bath Iron Works could be reduced. The US Navy fleet currently has 294 battle force ships. Congress, President Trump, and the Navy have set to goal of

  • MDI High welcomes class of 2024

    MDI High welcomes class of 2024

    BAR HARBOR — On Thursday, March 5, Mount Desert Island High School will host Incoming 9th Grade Night. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a welcome by student volunteers in the lobby of Bernard-Paradis Gymnasium. At 6 p.m., Principal Matt Haney will give a welcome and brief overview of the building in the Higgins-Demas

  • A March 3 ballot primer

    A March 3 ballot primer

     ELLSWORTH — On March 3, Maine Democrats and Republicans will cast ballots in the state’s first presidential primaries in 20 years. Maine’s primaries are closed, meaning only voters enrolled in a political party can vote in that party’s primary. All voters, however, will be eligible to vote March 3 in a special statewide referendum on

  • Grants and Scholarships

    Grants and Scholarships

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation’s Downeast Innovation Fund has awarded $106,305 in grants to 15 nonprofits in Hancock and Washington counties. Launched in 2018, the Downeast Innovation Fund Grant program supports nonprofit organizations that provide programs to improve or increase entrepreneurship and innovation in business and the local economies of Hancock and Washington counties.

  • DMR hearing on Belfast fish farm

    DMR hearing on Belfast fish farm

    BELFAST — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will hold a hearing to receive public comment on the potential fishing industry impacts of a proposed land-based recirculating aquaculture system to raise Atlantic salmon. The hearing is planned for Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. at the Troy A. Howard Middle School cafeteria. The public

  • Forum schedule

    Forum schedule

    ROCKPORT — The annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum opens on Thursday, March 5, and runs through Sunday at the Samoset Resort. In addition to a maritime trade show and dozens of seminars, the Forum includes social activities and a silent auction and dinner that funds a scholarship program for children of fishing families pursuing postsecondary education.

  • YWCA holds International Women’s Day rose sale

    YWCA holds International Women’s Day rose sale

    BAR HARBOR — The YWCA of Mount Desert Island is celebrating International Women’s Day by selling and hand delivering roses around MDI and Trenton on Friday, March 6. Roses will be delivered between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A single rose is $5, and there is no limit on how many can be purchased. Orders