Bill Trotter

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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 …

Stonington employees form worker co-op, buy 3 stores

By Bill Trotter on June 18, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.
Forty-five employees at Burnt Cove Market and V&S Variety in Stonington and at The Galley market in Deer Isle have formed a worker cooperative and purchased the businesses from longtime owners Vernon and Sandy Seile.

Stonington employees buy 3 stores, creating largest worker co-op in Maine

By Bill Trotter on June 18, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
STONINGTON, Maine — Two local retail businesses and one in Deer Isle have new owners. More than 40 of them, to be precise. After many months of planning, the employees of Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, and The Galley have purchased the businesses from Vernon and Sandra Seile …
A parcel of land that has been cleared on Woodbury Road might not end up being the site of a new electrical power substation after all.

Emera reconsiders Bar Harbor substation site

By Bill Trotter on June 17, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — A parcel of land that has been cleared on Woodbury Road might not end up being the site of a new electrical power substation after all. After residents in the neighborhood strongly objected to Emera Maine’s plans — and after a group of them submitted formal …
A tractor-trailer truck with LT Maine Trucking of Machiasport, which was carrying 40,000 pounds of live lobster, crashed in Canada last week while coming down a mountain road in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Maine truck with 40,000 pounds of live lobster crashes in Canada

By Bill Trotter on June 16, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
MACHIASPORT, Maine — A tractor-trailer truck owned by a local trucking firm that was carrying 40,000 pounds of lobster skidded off a mountain road in Canada last week, officials confirmed Monday. The driver was OK but how much lobster was lost was not clear Monday. A photograph of the crashed …

Ellsworth woman breaks ankle hiking on MDI

By Bill Trotter on June 16, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — An Ellsworth woman had to be carried out of the park by rescue personnel on Sunday after she fell and fractured her ankle while hiking, according to a park ranger. The 56-year-old woman was hiking alone on Bald Peak when the accident occurred around 2 …

Gouldsboro residents vote to lend town’s famous bell to Canadian museum

By Bill Trotter on June 12, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
Gouldsboro voters decided Wednesday June 11, 2014 at their annual town meeting to lend the town’s famous bell, which used to be mounted on the ship Queen Victoria, to the Canadian Museum of History for an upcoming exhibit on Canada’s confederation as an independent country. Some have said the bell …
Roger Bowen, selectman in the town of Gouldsboro, stands next to the town's famous bell on Wednesday night after local voters approved a proposal to lend the bell to the Canadian Museum of History. "I couldn't be happier," said Bowen, who was in favor of making the loan.

Gouldsboro voters approve loaning historic bell to Canadian museum

By Bill Trotter on June 12, 2014, at 10:38 a.m.
GOULDSBORO, Maine — At the end of about half an hour of debate, voters at the local annual town meeting decided Wednesday night to loan the town’s famous bell to a Canadian museum for an upcoming exhibit. The bell, which used to be mounted on the S.S. Queen Victoria and …
Justin Pinkham

Ellsworth man gets 40 months for drug trafficking conviction

By Bill Trotter on June 11, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Hancock County man with an extensive criminal history has been sentenced to serve more than three years in prison after recently pleading guilty to firearms and drug charges, according to court records. Justin W. Pinkham, 24, of Ellsworth pleaded guilty last month to charges of having …

Fisheries board to consider capping shrimp licenses

By Bill Trotter on June 11, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
A multi-state fisheries commission will consider whether the Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery should continue to be open to anyone who asks for a license. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission restricts the impact of fishing on northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine by setting a cap on the …

Hancock County primary results

on June 10, 2014, at 11:57 p.m.
With 88 percent of polling precincts reporting their primary election results, It looks like Scott Kane may become the next sheriff of Hancock County. J ust before midnight, Kane led fellow Republican Alan Brown (and fellow current officer in the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department) by 176 votes, enough to give him …
David F. Vaughn

Franklin man who police say was part of a ‘drug ring’ gets 9 months in plea deal

By Bill Trotter on June 10, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Franklin man who police have alleged was part of a drug ring that sold prescription pills in Hancock County has begun serving a sentence that will keep him behind bars for at least nine months. David F. Vaughn, 27, waived indictment and pleaded guilty May 16 …
Steven H. Moon

Surry man pleads no contest to manslaughter charge

By Bill Trotter on June 10, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Surry man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other charges stemming from a fatal car accident three years ago. Steven H. Moon is scheduled to be sentenced in Hancock County Superior Court on June 26, according to court records. Moon, now 22, was behind the wheel …

New businesses replace old in downtown Bar Harbor

on June 10, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
Every spring, new retail businesses open up in downtown Bar Harbor in places where old ones used to be. While many businesses last decades or more, there is a lot of changeover from one year to the next and trying to keep track of it and document it all would …

Surge protector causes fire at Ellsworth banking center

By Bill Trotter on June 09, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A fire Sunday morning in the computer room of a banking operations center caused minimal damage and no interruption of services, according to officials. The fire was reported around 10:40 a.m. Sunday at 11 Avery Lane, where Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has an operations center. Smoke …

Lamoine landowner files suit over pending town vote on gravel mining restrictions

By Bill Trotter on June 09, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
LAMOINE, Maine — Voters in this coastal Hancock County town will decide Tuesday whether to place limits on where gravel pits will be allowed to operate. But last week, a local landowner filed suit against the town seeking to challenge the proposed land use ordinance amendment before it is even …
Students and staff walk past an historic bell, which some say is Canada's version of the Liberty Bell, at Peninsula School in the Gouldsboro village of Prospect Harbor.

‘Canada’s Liberty Bell’ creating fissures between Gouldsboro residents

By Bill Trotter on June 08, 2014, at 2:54 p.m.
GOULDBSORO, Maine — A rising chorus of acrimony over a famous ship’s bell, which has been ringing through town the past few months, could reach a crescendo this week at the annual town meeting. On Wednesday, Gouldsboro voters are expected to decide what has been a hotly debated question since …
Hikers walk along a causeway on the Park Loop Road that crosses Otter Cove in Acadia National Park.

New connecting trail opens in Acadia on National Trails Day

By Bill Trotter on June 07, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A new trail connecting a park campground in Otter Creek to hiking trails on the south slope of Gorham Mountain had its ceremonial opening Saturday morning. The premiere of the new Quarry Trail, part of which runs along the causeway where the Park Loop Road …

Jewel theft suspect among 7 indicted in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter on June 07, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A grand jury in Hancock County has indicted seven people, three of them on drug charges. Also indicted Thursday was an Otis woman accused of participating in the theft of more than $100,000 in jewelry. Cassandra J. Murchison, 21, was summoned in February by Ellsworth police on …

Acadia rangers carry injured hiker out of park

By Bill Trotter on June 06, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A woman from St. Louis, Missouri, was carried out of the park during a four-and-a-half-hour rescue effort Thursday afternoon, according to a park ranger. The woman, 50, was hiking with her husband along Valley Peak Trail on Saint Sauveur Mountain when she injured her ankle, …
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