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

  • Foreign workers are in a holding pattern

    Foreign workers are in a holding pattern

    BAR HARBOR — Some local businesses that usually apply for visa programs to bring temporary foreign workers here for the tourist season have withdrawn those requests this year, in light of travel restrictions and uncertainty about what this summer season will bring.  Others have workers who are already here, many of whom worked the winter

  • Elver season opens with new safety measures in place

    Elver season opens with new safety measures in place

    ELLSWORTH — Yes, Virginia, there will be an elver season this year after all.  Last Thursday, the Department of Marine Resources announced that the 2020 elver fishing season would open at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30. Originally slated to open on Sunday, March 22, the season was delayed by DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher because of concerns about the spread of

  • Fishermen, oyster farmers go direct

    Fishermen, oyster farmers go direct

    By Liz Graves and Sarah Hinckley   MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Lobstermen and sea farmers, and the buyers who work with them, are experimenting with new ways to buy and sell as the normal distribution systems have ground nearly to a halt and prices have taken a nosedive.  Ron Doane is the manager of lobster dealer RDR in Trenton. The market disruptions have been tricky for everyone,

  • Ferry Service announces schedule cuts

    Ferry Service announces schedule cuts

    ELLSWORTH — Beginning March 28, the Maine State Ferry Service has reduced its schedule because of a “significant” drop in riders and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. The service reduction will remain in effect until further notice.  According to a statement posted on its website, like many ferry services across the country, the Maine Ferry Service has suffered a sharp drop in ridership, which it attributes to “the

  • Virus crisis a threat to mental health

    Virus crisis a threat to mental health

    BAR HARBOR — As a psychiatrist, Dr. Rebekah Villarreal is concerned about people who had been dealing with mental health problems before the coronavirus scare came along.  “I worry that, for patients who are already anxious or depressed, the coronavirus can exacerbate that,” she said.   “One of the things I often talk about with patients with depression is

  • Playgrounds too?

    Playgrounds too?

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — School buildings are closed, but kids can still have fun on the playgrounds, right? Well, it might not be safe. Local school officials recommend not using playground equipment these days because it has not been disinfected to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Two charged after parking lot assault 

    Two charged after parking lot assault 

     BAR HARBOR — Two men are facing charges of elevated aggravated assault in connection with an incident in a downtown parking lot in December 2019 that sent one person to the hospital with apparent blunt force trauma.  Around 7 p.m. Dec. 18, the victim came into the police station with “severe lacerations to the head,” and face injuries, Lt. David

  • Brush fire contained

    Brush fire contained

    TREMONT – Firefighters were able to contain a brush fire on Dow Point Road to a half acre during the late morning on Saturday.   Seven members of the Tremont Volunteer Fire Department responded to the brush fire that spread to a field and woods surrounding the area where it started. Using hand tools and the water

  • Town Meetings, to be or not to be

    Town Meetings, to be or not to be

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND – If the governor’s executive order to stay home for public safety regarding the spread of COVID-19 remains in place beyond the end of April, a few towns here will have to decide what to do about their annual town meeting.   “If this thing goes on for an extended period, we could possibly do