Bill Trotter

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BDN newspaper carrier injured after car rolls off Deer Isle causeway, ends up on mudflats

By Bill Trotter on July 13, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
DEER ISLE, Maine — A Bucksport man delivering newspapers for the Bangor Daily News suffered cuts to his face, but no life-threatening injuries, when his car rolled off the Deer Isle causeway early Saturday morning, according to police. Shawn Poliquin, 43, was driving on Route 15 toward Stonington when the …
Michelle Kinerson of Cape Porpoise Trading Co. in Kennebunkport and Joseph Look of Ellsworth tie down old fishing rope in the back of Kinerson's pickup on Friday at Coastal Recycling Center in Hancock.

Orly Genger to use old Maine fishing rope for new piece of international art

By Bill Trotter on July 12, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
HANCOCK, Maine — One coiled bunch of rope after another was delivered by the pickup truck load to Coastal Recycling Center on Route 182 on Friday. Roughly eight hours later, more than 40 boxes, each containing 64 cubic feet in volume, had been filled with the old fishing line, enough …
Construction crews began work this spring on the foundation for billionaire Steven M. Rales' new home on Somes Sound in the Mount Desert Island village of Northeast Harbor. Rales is proposing to build a mansion on the site with 18,000 square feet of living space.

Billionaire submits plans to build MDI mansion

By Bill Trotter on July 12, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT, Maine — Twelve bathrooms, 18,000 square feet of finished living space and two attached guest wings are among the features billionaire Steven M. Rales proposed to include in a new mansion he is building on Somes Sound, in the local village of Northeast Harbor. The plans for the …

Artist to purchase old fishing rope at buyback program in Hancock

By Bill Trotter on July 10, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
HANCOCK, Maine — Fishermen looking to get some money back for old rope they are no longer using will have the chance to sell it Friday at a recycling center on Route 182. The buyer, artist Orly Genger, is offering to pay 50 cents per pound for the old rope. …

Tradewinds store proposed for Route 1A in Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on July 09, 2014, at 4:14 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The owners of supermarkets in Blue Hill and Milo have plans to expand their business portfolio to Ellsworth. Chuck and Belinda Lawrence, owners of Tradewinds supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations, are proposing to build a 9,500 square-foot business on a 6.3-acre lot on Route 1A. The …
Bruce A. Wilbur Jr.

Hancock man accused of robbing pharmacy agrees to serve six months behind bars

By Bill Trotter on July 09, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Hancock man accused of robbing prescription drugs from a supermarket this past March has not yet been found guilty but has started serving a jail sentence of at least six months, according to attorneys involved in his case. Jeffrey Toothaker said his client, Bruce A. Wilbur …
Legend has it that this painting of Thomas Hale was accidentally or intentionally cut with a bayonet by a British officer. The damage is in the forehead. The Hale House on Court Street in Castine was one of many fine homes in Castine used to house British officers during the occupation.

The War of 1812 + 2: Mainers mark 200th anniversary of British invasion that led to statehood

By Bill Trotter on July 06, 2014, at 6:44 p.m.
CASTINE, Maine — It is called the War of 1812, but it might as be called the War of 1814 when it comes to the coast of Maine. During that summer and fall 200 years ago, the powerful Royal Navy of the British Empire descended upon communities such as Eastport, …
Patrice McCarron, executive director with the Maine Lobstermen’s Association

‘Fishermen in Maine are not happy about this’: Feds finalize whale-safe rules for lobster buoy lines

By Bill Trotter on June 28, 2014, at 8:34 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Federal fisheries officials have issued the final version of a new rule aimed at protecting whales from getting entangled in fishing lines that connect surface buoys to traps on the ocean bottom. The rule requires lobstermen to use multiple traps with each buoy (gear configurations called “trawls”), …

Bar Harbor tour boat helps rescue entangled humpback whale

on June 28, 2014, at 12:35 a.m.
About 200 passengers who went out on a day-long Bar Harbor whale watch trip earlier this month got a little more than the usual (but still impressive) display of whales breaching, diving, surfacing and spouting water into the air with their breath. They got a first-hand look at a whale tangled …
A bystander watches as police and firefighters respond to a crash Friday afternoon in Ellsworth. Two cars collided downtown at the intersection of Franklin and Pine streets, sending one of the cars careening into the front of Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home.

Ellsworth funeral home struck in 2-car collision

By Bill Trotter on June 27, 2014, at 6:40 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — There was minimal harm to the drivers and to a building after two cars collided at a local intersection Friday afternoon, sending one vehicle into the wall of a nearby funeral home. The accident occurred around 3:50 p.m. as Caroline Bull, 17, of Surry was driving a …

Weather data firm gets state fire contract to develop live database

By Bill Trotter on June 27, 2014, at 1:27 p.m.
TRENTON, Maine — A local company that makes weather gauges has landed a contract to help Maine Forest Service keep tabs on fire conditions. RainWise Inc. will develop and maintain a publicly accessible online database that forest rangers and firefighters will be able to use to keep track of live …

Ocean Commission Appointees

on June 26, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
Earlier this afternoon, I filed a story about Maine forming a commission to examine about increasing ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine. The story, written for print, describes the how and why of the commission’s formation. This blog post is about the who. The law that created the commission …
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree

Maine launches initiative to combat ocean acidification; Pingree seeks similar federal effort

By Bill Trotter on June 26, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — With more than $400 million at stake in terms of fishing income, Maine has decided to try to do something about ocean acidification. This past spring, the Legislature took up the matter of ocean acidification, which many scientists say threatens the health of much of ocean life. …
Jonathan Baez

New York man sentenced to 6 years after pleading guilty to trafficking drugs sold in Bangor area

By Bill Trotter on June 25, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A New York man has pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs and was sentenced to serve six years behind bars. Jonathan Baez, 29, was expected to report to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth to begin serving his sentence at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Baez and Jerald Hiland, 34, of …
Dana Reed

Former Bar Harbor manager takes interim job in Tremont

By Bill Trotter on June 24, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
TREMONT, Maine — Dana Reed, who served as Bar Harbor’s town manager for 27 years, has found a new job, though it may only be short-term. Reed was appointed interim town manager in Tremont by selectmen Monday night. Kathi Thurston, chairwoman of Tremont’s board of selectmen, said Tuesday that Reed’s …
Like a frozen waterfall, a four-story high wall of ice clings to the rocks near Otter Point in Acadia National Park at dawn.

Drones banned in Acadia, other national parks

By Bill Trotter on June 24, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — If you’re planning a trip to Maine’s only national park and think you might order drone deliveries of batteries or bug spray during your visit, you’ll have to reconsider. Late last week, the director of the National Park Service sent out a memo instructing all …

Maine enacts shellfish closures along most of coast to test for red tide

By Bill Trotter on June 21, 2014, at 7:56 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — In an effort to prioritize the state’s red tide testing program, Maine fishery officials have prohibited harvesting mussels and European oysters along most of the coast between New Hampshire and Canada. The widespread closure does not reflect a large outbreak of red tide, also known as paralytic …
Douglas E. Gray

Former Bucksport police chief Douglas Gray dies at 69

By Bill Trotter on June 20, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Douglas Gray, who served as the local police chief for 29 years, passed away Monday at his home. He was 69 years old. Gray was a Stonington native who, after working for a few years on an ocean-going research vessel, got his start in law enforcement in …

MDI biomedical lab gets $18 million grant

By Bill Trotter on June 20, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory has received an $18.4 million federal grant that will be used to support biomedical research programs in Maine, according to officials. The grant from the National Institutes of Health will provide funding for five years to the Maine Idea Network of …
Federal officials have sent a letter to the head of Penobscot Nursing Home indicating that, effective June 30, they intend to terminate the facility's Medicare and Medicaid provider agreement, forcing residents in those federal medical assistance programs to seek housing elsewhere.

Federal officials yank certifications for Penobscot nursing home

By Bill Trotter on June 19, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
PENOBSCOT, Maine — A local nursing home will lose its Medicaid and Medicare certifications at the end of the month, forcing residents to find new places to live. Federal officials sent a letter dated June 11 to Penobscot Nursing Home indicating that the facility’s health insurance benefits agreement and certification …
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