Articles by Kevin Miller


Two Aroostook County men sworn in as LURC commissioners

By Kevin Miller on May 02, 2012, at 6:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Land Use Regulation Commission has two new members. Durward Humphrey of Benedicta and James May of Mapleton were sworn in Wednesday and will participate in their first LURC meeting this Friday in Calais. Both men were nominated by Gov. Paul LePage and approved by the Legislature. …
Jeff Wright

Ellsworth-area businesses, volunteer to be recognized

By Kevin Miller on May 02, 2012, at 4:15 p.m.
Three businesses, a nonprofit organization and a local resident will be recognized Thursday evening for their contribution to the region during the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and social event. The chamber selected Simone’s restaurant on Franklin Street in Ellsworth as the New Chamber Business …

Fight brewing over DHHS plan to close Penobscot Nursing Home

By Kevin Miller on May 01, 2012, at 6:48 p.m.
A state proposal to close a Penobscot nursing home is, for the second time in a matter of months, focusing attention on the financial challenges faced by senior living facilities in rural Maine and the important roles they often play in communities. But while concerns about Penobscot …
A canoeist enjoys paddling on Seboeis Lake, which is part of the Seboeis Public Reserved Lands Unit managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, under the Maine Department of Conservation. The state on Monday, April 30, 2012 completed acquisition of more than 5,700 acres of land to the unit, including two miles of lake shoreline.

Maine acquires 5,700 acres around Seboeis Lake for outdoor recreation, timber, wildlife

By Kevin Miller on April 30, 2012, at 4:56 p.m.
Maine officials on Monday announced the acquisition of more than 5,700 acres of land south of Millinocket in a deal that will protect an additional 2 miles of shoreline along Seboeis Lake while securing key snowmobile and ATV routes in the region. Several years in the making, the $2.7 million …

Bucksport not giving up on plan to bring natural gas downtown

By Kevin Miller on April 27, 2012, at 7:35 p.m.
A proposal to bring natural gas to downtown Bucksport continues to evolve and move forward albeit at a slower pace than some in town had anticipated. In recent weeks, the planned route of the infrastructure project has changed in response to stronger interest from businesses located on …
Chad A. Leavitt

Bangor man sentenced in Hancock County to 2½ years for child porn possession

By Kevin Miller on April 27, 2012, at 2:51 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Bangor man recently began serving a 2½-year sentence for possession of child pornography. Chad A. Leavitt, 27, was convicted earlier this month in Hancock County Superior Court of two counts of possession of sexually explicit materials involving children. One count involved materials involving children under age …
Roger Raymond talks to a long-time former in Bucksport's town office on Thursday, April 19, 2012, during Raymond's final meeting as town manager. Raymond retired last week after 27 years with Bucksport.

Raymond leaves mark on Bucksport after 27 years as manager

By Kevin Miller on April 26, 2012, at 7:55 p.m.
Roger Raymond only intended to stay 10 years when, in 1985, Bucksport’s elected officials decided to hire him as manager of the struggling mill town. More than a quarter century later as Raymond finally moves on, his touch as town manager is visible throughout Bucksport. A milelong …

Dance, concert in Dedham to benefit Cancer Support Center of Maine

By Kevin Miller on April 25, 2012, at 9:48 p.m.
BUCKSPORT | Barbara Vittum was in the midst of a difficult battle with breast cancer years back when she made a promise to God that, if her health returned, she would start a support program for others with cancer. Vittum’s experience and subsequent help from others gave rise to …
Jewett Elementary School kindergartners (from left) Elizabeth Rainey, Maureen Tyne, Tristan Davis and Guinevere Berry get to sit behind the controls of a 26-foot U.S. Coast Guard boat on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, as part of a boating safety demonstration at the school.

Coast Guard boating safety lessons at Bucksport underscored by recent tragedies

By Kevin Miller on April 25, 2012, at 4:35 p.m.
More than 200 elementary school students in Bucksport took a break from their schoolwork on Wednesday for some hands-on lessons on another topic too often neglected in water-loving Maine, sometimes with tragic consequences. Students at Jewett Elementary tried on lifejackets and handled life-saving rings, sat behind the …
Two of the four dogs that arrived from Guam to the Hancock County's SPCA shelter in Trenton are seen recently. They are among the first four out of 12 dogs that the shelter has received and soon will offer for adoption.

Hancock County animal shelter rescues puppies from Guam

By Kevin Miller on April 24, 2012, at 6:23 p.m.
TRENTON | Between their diminutive size, playfulness and tendency to relieve themselves wherever they happen to be standing, the four puppies romping around Hancock County’s SPCA on Tuesday seemed no different from many other pups found at a Maine shelter. But Joker, Jazz, Wendy and Mikey are unique in …

Small farmers at Ellsworth forum say rules for big farms don’t work for them

By Kevin Miller on April 23, 2012, at 9:35 p.m.
Maine’s agriculture industry continues to grow and diversify even as farmers grapple with one-size-fits-all regulations, competition from “agribusinesses” elsewhere and the challenges of marketing for small-scale producers. Those were the themes Monday night as about 70 people — many of them small-scale farmers or their customers — …

Nor’easter knocks out power to thousands in Maine

By Kevin Miller on April 23, 2012, at 1:19 p.m.
BANGOR | The nor’easter that swept up the Eastern Seaboard knocked out power to thousands of customers in coastal and central Maine on Monday. The Maine Department of Transportation also closed bridges in Clinton, Kingfield and Washington and was monitoring others in different parts of the state as the …

Officials investigating Washington County house and power line fires

By Kevin Miller on April 22, 2012, at 6 p.m.
MARSHFIELD | Firefighters and utility crews in the Machias area were busy Sunday morning as they battled a blaze that destroyed a Marshfield house as well as two separate power line fires that left some residents in the dark for much of the day. Fire officials apparently were investigating …
The Land for Maine's Future fund helped protect land near Wabassus Lake.

Despite land conservation program’s popularity, it may be a tough year to get a bond package

By Kevin Miller on April 22, 2012, at 3:05 p.m.
The financial future of a land conservation program popular with Mainers will be on the agenda this week as lawmakers begin discussing whether to seek voter approval for a bond package at a time when state borrowing remains a touchy issue. In July 2011, a board distributed the final $9.25 …

Fire damages Bar Harbor apartments

By Kevin Miller on April 21, 2012, at 4:07 p.m.
An early morning fire damaged two apartments in Bar Harbor and filled several others with smoke on Saturday. The fire was reported in a unit on Compass Harbor Lane at 1:50 a.m. Saturday. Assistant Fire Chief Matt Bartlett of the Bar Harbor Fire Department said the …
Earle Farley of Surry picks up litter that had been left alongside North Bend Road. The Surry Community Improvement Association organized the annual roadside cleanup event on Saturday, April 21, 2012, as part of Earth Day.

Earth Day weekend brings out good citizens … and The Love Revolution

By Kevin Miller on April 21, 2012, at 3:58 p.m.
SURRY | It’s easy to miss — or ignore — the trash littering almost any roadside in Maine when cruising by at 35 or 55 mph. So easy, according to Tim Pellett, that people often are amazed to see the scope and variety of garbage they find when they …

The Nature Conservancy sets sights on $100 million fundraising goal

By Kevin Miller on April 20, 2012, at 7:37 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | The Nature Conservancy is in the final stages of a $100 million fundraising campaign to support a broad range of initiatives across Maine. Dubbed the “Sustainable Maine, Sustainable Planet” campaign, the fundraiser will finance several ongoing projects as well as support future endeavors. During the past five …

LURC officially rejects First Wind’s Bowers Mountain proposal

By Kevin Miller and Nick Sambides Jr. on April 20, 2012, at 4:28 p.m.
BANGOR | Maine’s largest wind energy developer hopes to submit a proposal to build a new, dramatically reduced industrial wind site on Bowers Mountain later this year in response to its first and biggest defeat in Maine. The Land Use Regulation Commission voted 5-0 with little fanfare Friday to …
Joey Branch (right), a participant in the KidsPeace program in Ellsworth, hands a homemade sawhorse to Brian Keegstra with Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust in Orland on Thursday, April 19, 2012. Branch is one of about 10 KidsPeace participants who have been making the sawhorses for the trust and other nonprofit organizations as part of a unique KidsGiveBack Forestry Program.

Forestry program unites KidsPeace participants, conservation groups

By Kevin Miller on April 20, 2012, at 3:29 p.m.
ORLAND | A unique forestry partnership between the KidsPeace program in Hancock County and an Orland land trust has expanded to allow children and young adults to share their handiwork with organizations throughout the region. For several years, students at KidsPeace’s Graham Lake campus in Ellsworth have spent one …

Future of farming to be discussed in Ellsworth

By Kevin Miller on April 20, 2012, at 12:23 p.m.
A panel of experts, including the commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, will discuss farms and the future of agriculture in the state during a forum Monday evening in Ellsworth. The forum, titled “Maine Agriculture: Our Food, Our Farms, Our Future,” will feature a panel discussion …
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