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

  • Veterans Day observed

    Veterans Day observed

    BAR HARBOR — Several Mount Desert Island organizations have events planned to mark Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, on the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I on Sunday, Nov. 11. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, 100 years ago, the ‘Armistice with Germany’ went

  • Sailboat sold for $110

    Sailboat sold for $110

    TREMONT — A boat rescued by the town in June 2017 and put up for sale this fall went to the highest bidder for $110. Two people bid on the 1972 Pearson 26-foot sailboat named S/V Breakaway that broke free from its anchor in Bass Harbor over a year ago. The rescued boat was tied

  • McDonald wins District 134

    McDonald wins District 134

    STONINGTON — Commercial lobsterman and new mom Genevieve McDonald (D) has defeated Philip Brady (R) for the District 134 seat in the House of Representatives. Walter Kumiega (D) currently holds the seat. “I’m excited to get to work,” McDonald said from Route 1 as she headed home on Wednesday. “I’m excited to serve under Maine’s

  • Old laundry gets new life

    Old laundry gets new life

    MOUNT DESERT — Bill Hanley and Heli Mesiniemi will be happy to design a house for you, but if you ask them to do your laundry they will politely decline. The married couple, whose practice is WMH Architects, renovated the former Mount Desert Dry Cleaners building on Neighborhood Road in Northeast Harbor and moved their

  • Luchini, Hubbell, McDonald win

    Luchini, Hubbell, McDonald win

    BAR HARBOR — Maine Democrats rode their own statewide blue wave to control of the 35-seat state Senate and 151-seat House Tuesday night. Turnout was very strong in every town in the Islander’s coverage area, exceeding the 2014 midterm elections, with 68 percent of the area’s 12,929 registered voters casting ballots. Clerks also reported a

  • Hancock County Jail log Oct. 29-Nov. 1

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1: Ralph E. Fowler Jr., 47, Ellsworth, defaulting in payment of fine. Lindsay M. Swanson, 26, Steuben, failure to appear, operating after suspension. Buddy S. Burton, 37, Augusta, back for court. Theodore J. Gray, 38, Deer Isle, two counts each

  • Voters back charter commission

    Voters back charter commission

    BAR HARBOR — With 65 percent of registered voters weighing in on the November local election, the town is set to form a commission to consider substantive changes to its governing document. The creation of a charter commission was approved by a vote of 1,624 to 937, according to official results released at midnight by

  • Grohoski elected to District 132 seat

    Grohoski elected to District 132 seat

    ELLSWORTH — Democrat Nicole Grohoski was elected Tuesday to represent District 132 in the state House of Representatives. Grohoski received 2,377 votes to Republican Mark Remick’s 2,013, according to preliminary results. The seat is currently held by Rep. Louie Luchini (D-Ellsworth), who is term-limited. Luchini, a candidate for State Senate District 7, was leading in

  • Storms damage boats, equipment

    Storms damage boats, equipment

    TREMONT — Harbormaster Justin Seavey hasn’t had much time to breathe, let alone relax, in the last two weekends of high winds, higher waves and lots of rain causing mayhem in Bass Harbor, Bernard and Seal Cove. “All kinds of crazy, exciting stuff,” Seavey said about the last two stormy weekends. “I’ve been super busy,