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

  • Bidder for tax-acquired property backs out

    TREMONT — When the town recently advertised a tax-acquired property for sale to the highest bidder, only one person jumped at the opportunity. During their Oct. 15 meeting, selectmen awarded the property to the single bidder, a Tremont resident who entered a bid of $20,000 for the property. At the following meeting, Town Manager Chris

  • Better  binoculars

    Better binoculars

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Marine Patrol recently announced the purchase of new, more powerful binoculars for officers’ use in law enforcement and search and rescue work. The new 14×40 Fujinon Image Stabilization binoculars were purchased with a $3,200 grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and matching funds of $2,339.50 from the Maine Department of

  • Getting traction

    BAR HARBOR — In response to slick roads in the area of Dreamwood Hill, a contractor for the Maine Department of Transportation “micro-milled” the surface of a section of Route 3 on Friday morning. A milling machine, with fine cutting teeth, was used to roughen the surface of the pavement to increase the skid resistance.

  • Special town meeting to consider plastic bag ban

    Special town meeting to consider plastic bag ban

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A special town meeting to consider funding for a water and sewer district project and a plastic bag ban is set for Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the firehouse. Warrant articles ask whether ordinances should be enacted for the ban of plastic bags and polystyrene containers. The proposed bag ban

  • Ordinance changes to be considered

    Ordinance changes to be considered

      MOUNT DESERT — Members of the town’s Land Use Zoning Ordinance (LUZO) advisory committee will meet next Tuesday, Nov. 13, to begin considering whether any changes are needed in the LUZO, the Subdivision Ordinance and the Sale of Food and Merchandise Ordinance. That last ordinance includes provisions for the licensing of mobile food vendors.

  • Grant supports  GSA boatbuilding

    Grant supports GSA boatbuilding

    BLUE HILL — A boatbuilding class at George Stevens Academy will run for a second year thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Charles Wentz Carter Memorial Foundation. In the class taught by master boatbuilder John Brooks of Brooks Boat Design, students will build a 14-foot Sundog skiff with oars. Construction and fitting of the

  • Hundreds of volunteers brave rain for cleanup

    Hundreds of volunteers brave rain for cleanup

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Saturday morning saw 300 volunteers brave drenching rain to put in a morning’s work at the annual Take Pride in Acadia fall cleanup day. Together, volunteers raked fallen leaves from drainage areas on nine miles of carriage roads in 18 locations. Now in its 28th year, the event is sponsored by

  • Fiberight CEO gives update

    Fiberight CEO gives update

    By Maxwell Hauptman HAMPDEN — There is light at the end of the tunnel for members of the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) wondering when their waste will begin going to Fiberight’s long-delayed Coastal Resources of Maine plant in Hampden. On Oct. 24, Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul presented to the MRC Board in Brewer an update

  • Hancock County Court Sept. 1-30

    Hancock County Court Sept. 1-30

    The following cases were adjudicated, reviewed or continued in Hancock County Court, according to official records: Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 Mark E. Lewis, 51, Bangor. Theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, priors, at Waltham, June 26, 2015. Department of Corrections 18 months, probation revoked. Michael R Daniel, 27, Gouldsboro. Domestic violence assault at Hancock,