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

  • Ambulance service in the red

    Ambulance service in the red

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Stricter rules from Medicare and insurance companies are squeezing the local ambulance service’s income, which is partly why they are asking the town for $78,000 this year — $11,000 more than last year. “Insurance companies and Medicare will only pay for certain kinds of calls,” said Patti Selig, who is the treasurer

  • Nursery school, MDES eye pre-K partnership

    Nursery school, MDES eye pre-K partnership

    MOUNT DESERT — Mount Desert Elementary School (MDES) plans to partner with Mount Desert Nursery School to offer a free pre-kindergarten program at the nursery school for 4-year-olds who live in the town. MDES had been planning to start its own pre-K program next fall. But after meeting with the nursery school’s board, MDES Principal

  • Smoke but no fire

    Smoke but no fire

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Dark smoke and ash coming from the chimney of a Clark Point Road house prompted a phone call to the fire department from a couple of fishermen last Wednesday (Jan. 5). The call came into the department around 10:30 a.m. after the fishermen noticed the smoke from the water and were concerned

  • New angle for cruise impact study

    New angle for cruise impact study

    BAR HARBOR — The effects of cruise ship visitation here have been measured from a lot of angles: water quality, economic impact, sidewalk congestion and more. But last week, the Town Council agreed another angle would be helpful: Councilors asked for a study of how ship visitation impacts the local population. “People are like, ‘When

  • Race to repair water lines before spring paving

    Race to repair water lines before spring paving

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — According to Punxsutawney Phil, we are in for an early spring. Water and sewer district manager Steve Kenney is crossing his fingers that is true so repairs to parts of the public water and sewer lines can be done before paving season begins. In a letter given to selectmen at their Jan.

  • Hancock County Jail log week of Feb. 20

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Feb. 10 and Feb. 13: Norbert E. Tetrault, 38, Cherryfield, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Harry S. Reed, 37, Turner, probation revocation and default in payment of fines. Terrence A. Robinson Jr., 26, Brooklin, N.Y., agency hold.

  • DMR questions feds’ math on whale rules

    DMR questions feds’ math on whale rules

    ELLSWORTH – In an early January letter to Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher, the National Marine Fisheries Service rejected a Maine plan to reduce the risk of endangered right whales becoming entangled in lobster gear, saying the plan did not go far enough. Keliher told the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee about the letter

  • Islander is best in New England, again

    Islander is best in New England, again

    BOSTON — The Mount Desert Islander won first place for general excellence among weekly papers of its size (less than 6,000 circulation) during the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) conference on Saturday. NENPA has 600 member publications in the six New England states. The paper has taken home that top honor eight times