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New outdoor books
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Like lawn dandelions in spring, new outdoor books are popping out all over. Here for your perusal is a summary of the books and a short review of each. More detailed purchase information about these books is available at Click on “Outdoor Books.” “More than Wolverine” by Jeremiah Wood. Wood is a trapper, biologist...
Mark your calendars, voters
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Dear Editor: For the first time in a dozen years or more, the League of Women Voters – Downeast will not be holding a candidate forum for the election of a state senator in the district that encompasses most of Hancock County. This is a big disappointment to us in the League, but we have ...
Commentary: “Potemkin” diplomas shortchange Maine’s students
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By Brian Langley It is not news that the pandemic has had a major impact on educational outcomes in Maine. One of the most significant effects is that many students have been forced to promote to the next grade without having fully mastered the material. Remote learning, hybrid schedules and, in some cases, less than ...
Nothing beats the personal touch during campaign season
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Election season has begun and if that had escaped your notice, just ask the person who delivers your mail. If you live in Hancock County, that mail sack is full of big, glossy postcards promoting local candidates for the Maine Senate. That would be Democrat Nicole Grohoski and Republican Brian Langley. One of them will ...
Mud season arrives
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Low blows are nothing new in politics. Mudslinging just might be as American as apple pie. A national pastime bent on winning voters via shock and scorn — or at the very least sticking it to the other guy to the delight of the already converted. As a daily deluge of political angst chases us ...
Don’t forget to vote
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Dear Editor: June 14 will be a very different election. If your senator was Louie Luchini, you no longer have a senator, as he resigned. Vote for Brian Langley to fulfill the rest of Luchini’s term. Everyone, regardless of party affiliation, may vote for Brian. If you are in Brian’s new district, he will be ...
On the Road Review: BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe
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It was over two decades ago, late in winter, and the first of several memorable new BMWs made the pilgrimage to Downeast Maine courtesy of Automotion. That first sedan was a 5-series with a sonorous in-line six-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission (remember when serious cars likely featured a stick shift?). The car was ...
City, DOT consider Rte. 179 improvements
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Making a left turn onto Route 1A to head toward the downtown area seemed to be the biggest issue, with residents saying that at certain times during the day it is almost impossible to find a gap in traffic.
Maine State Police log week of May 26
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ELLSWORTH — Maine State Police Trooper Steven Mahon is investigating a theft from a construction site in Hancock. Metal building items were taken. The theft was reported May 16. Sgt. Jeff Ingemi and Trooper Josh Lander assisted. Speed detail Trooper Jarid Leonard conducted a speed detail on Route 1A in Dedham May 18. “During the ...
Hancock County Jail log week of May 26
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The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between May 12 and 17: Angel J. Muniz, 29, Lincoln, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and burglary. Thomas Wren, 61, Jamaica Plain, Mass., operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Meghan E. Babb, 39, Bar Harbor, warrant arrest. Austin ...
Business/professional brief
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Downeast Community Partners (DCP) has announced the hiring of Sharon Catus as director of development. Catus comes to DCP from Maine Maritime Academy, where she filled several positions over her years there, including fundraising to refurbish the schooner Bowdoin and helping to launch the academy’s $20 million “Opening Doors, Changing Lives”...
Hancock County Divorces
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The following divorces were granted in Ellsworth District Court: Timothy C. Baker of Franklin and Abbe K. Baker of Southwest Harbor. Married June 24, 2018, at Gotts Island. Heidi Curtis of Bangor and Rodney Seidell of Bucksport. Married Nov. 4, 2009, at Bangor. Nancy S. Crowe of Blue Hill and Thomas H. Crowe of Machias. ...
Hancock resident graduates boot camp with help from Y
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“I had a good team to help me out,” said Slater. “They helped me push through it and helped me get prepared.”
Shop Local Passport launched
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There are 23 businesses participating in the promotion giving shoppers and diners ample choices. All the participating shops are listed on the passport and on a mobile-friendly map and guide at
Legion shares flag etiquette
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ELLSWORTH — In conjunction with Memorial Day, May 30, and Flag Day, June 14, the American Legion, District 12 of Hancock County wanted to provide the following list of rules for the proper display of the American flag and some flag etiquette. “To begin with, do display the flag on all days, weather permitting, especially ...
A global rock thing: Enjoy drummer’s own musical journey on his newly released album
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His first call was to Tommy Frenzy, lead singer of the Tuff Darts, an old New York CBGB band that Peer had done a few gigs with. Frenzy would end up lending his vocals to several tracks on the album.
Chamber dinner focuses on change, remembrance
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The businesses that were nominated for the various awards on the evening were an excellent reflection of the opening remarks.
Clothing and linen sale in Hancock
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HANCOCK — A two-day community clothing and linen sale will be held in Hancock on Friday, June 3, from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. The sale is being hosted by the Union Congregational Church of Hancock, located at 1368 Route 1 in Hancock. Gently used clothing for women, men ...
Recommended reading
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Dear Editor: Welcome to the wonderful world of books. There are two books I recommend for young children. They are: “How I Became a Hero — Chessies’s Story” and the sequel, “Dutchess Goes to Detection Schools.” Both are from Paws of Honor. Both books are beautifully hand-illustrated. The proceeds help provide care and comfort to ...
Backing Brian Langley
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Dear Editor: I’m very excited to be voting for Brian Langley in the June Senate special election. The election is being held on June 14 and I encourage all Hancock County residents to support Brian. He’s done a wonderful job as our senator in past years. In contrast, his opponent, Nicole Grohoski, has a long ...
Cost is part of the digital divide
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The last two years have shown us that home access to high-speed internet is no luxury. When the pandemic hit, children needed to get online for school, their parents needed to connect for remote work and their grandparents could have used telemedicine to avoid being exposed to COVID in a doctor’s office. Almost everyone needed ...
Otis incident results in arrest
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OTIS — The Maine State Police responded to an incident in Otis early Friday morning and arrested one person, said state police spokeswoman Shannon Moss. Randy Spencer Jr., 28, of Otis was arrested on multiple felony warrants, Moss said. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail. Troopers as well as the state police tactical ...
Hancock becomes latest town to oppose salmon farm
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Hancock's annual town meeting was held on May 10, and all those voting agreed by a voice vote to oppose the salmon farm. The post Hancock becomes latest town to oppose salmon farm  appeared first on Mount Desert Islander.
On the Road Review: Kia Sorento X-Line SX-Prestige
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Georgetown is like many coastal Maine towns, with multiple villages comprising the expansive waterfront community. From Bay Point to Robinhood, and Georgetown Island to Five Islands, there are coves, inlets, ponds and three major rivers — Kennebec, Sasanoa and Sheepscot — to feast your eyes upon, as well as to pursue your leisure activity. Add...
Sunday hunting suit
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Yet again, a legislative attempt to allow Sunday hunting in Maine has gone down in flames. The bill, LD 2014, faced some formidable opposition, not the least of which was from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) and the Maine Professional Guides Association (MPGA). Although SAM has long advocated for Sunday hunting, it opposed this ...