• Democrats to meet

    Democrats to meet

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Democratic Committee is set to meet in the theater room of the Moore Center in Ellsworth on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. The committee leadership had not yet decided on the agenda ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Upcoming meetings will feature Harvard Professor Theda Skocpol in July and Professor Marvin

  • Seats on town boards vacant

    TREMONT — Multiple seats on town boards and committees were filled during the selectmen’s meeting on June 4, but some remain vacant. Carey Donovan was reappointed by selectmen to a three-year term on the Acadia Disposal District. Appeals Board members Marcia Madeira and Reva Weisenberg were both reappointed for three-year terms. Sandy Andrews was appointed

  • Playground supported

    Playground supported

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Voters on Tuesday approved the use of $180,000 from the town’s undesignated fund balance for a new playground by a vote of 422-108. Whether funding for the playground, located behind Harbor House, would be the responsibility of residents through the town budget or the school budget was the subject of debate for

  • MDI voters in line with state

    MDI voters in line with state

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Voters here largely agreed with voters statewide on Tuesday, confirming primary frontrunners and voting in favor of implementing ranked-choice voting sooner rather than later. About 34 percent of the registered voters in the four Mount Desert Island towns, Swans Island, Trenton, the Cranberry Isles and Frenchboro took to the polls in

  • Students seek plastic bag bans

    Students seek plastic bag bans

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Eighth-grader Caroline Musson, 14, challenged the Tremont Board of Selectmen Monday to pause a minute the next time they are at the grocery store to count how many plastic bags go out the door. “Is this really what we want tourists to see when they visit our island?” asked Ella Izenour, also

  • Unconventional lodging business draws complaints

    Unconventional lodging business draws complaints

    TREMONT — Regulating the length of stay at local Airbnb rentals is not under the jurisdiction of the Board of Selectmen, Chairman Kevin Buck told a disgruntled neighbor on Monday night. An issue that was brought before the town’s Planning Board a year ago came before selectmen after Code Enforcement Officer John Larson and Town

  • Ballot question on ranked-choice voting explained

    Ballot question on ranked-choice voting explained

    ELLSWORTH — On June 12, apart from the Democratic and Republican primary elections, Ellsworth residents will weigh in on implementation of ranked-choice voting. RCV has been the subject of much consternation since Maine voters approved its implementation via referendum in 2016. In 2017, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued an advisory opinion that RCV was

  • Trash may go back to PERC in interim

    Trash may go back to PERC in interim

    ORONO — At an occasionally emotional meeting of the Municipal Review Committee on May 31, board members voted 7-2 to grant a temporary waiver allowing member towns to send their trash to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company. The waiver remains in effect while the Fiberight waste-to-biofuel facility in Hampden, the Municipal Review Committee’s new partner,

  • Linn supporters sue Dunlap’s office

    Linn supporters sue Dunlap’s office

    AUGUSTA — A group of supporters for disqualified U.S. Senate primary candidate Max Linn are suing Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in hopes of having votes for Linn counted at the Republican Primary on June 12. Linn was disqualified after his ballot access petitions were challenged by staffers for Eric Brakey (R-Auburn). Linn’s name still

  • Subdued town meeting approves $16M budget

    Subdued town meeting approves $16M budget

    BAR HARBOR — Last June, the gymnasium at Conners Emerson School was packed full of residents eager to sound off on a sanctuary community resolution and parking meters. Nearly 300 residents showed up, and the meeting lasted more than three hours. This year’s open town meeting, held Tuesday, couldn’t have been more different. About 140