Articles by Kevin Miller


Blue Hill to neighbors: Pay for dispatch service or else

By Kevin Miller on April 17, 2012, at 7:52 p.m.
Residents recently voted to send a message to Hancock County officials: Start collecting emergency dispatch user fees from every town or potentially forego Blue Hill’s share of the bill. For several years now, Blue Hill Fire Chief Dennis Robertson has lamented what he claims is a …

Fire damages Bucksport bar

By Kevin Miller on April 17, 2012, at 6:56 p.m.
Fire caused minor damage to a Bucksport watering hole early Tuesday morning. A passerby reported flames at the Tozier’s II tavern on Route 1 just before 1 a.m. The bar had closed earlier and no one was in it at the time. A Bucksport police officer first …

Ellsworth, Lamoine and Hancock residents to vote on RSU 24 withdrawal

By Kevin Miller on April 17, 2012, at 5 p.m.
Residents of this community and two other Hancock County towns will vote in June on whether to pursue withdrawal from RSU 24. Several Ellsworth residents collected enough petition signatures to trigger a referendum on whether to remain within RSU 24, a district that spans a dozen communities …

Ellsworth approves use, sale of fireworks

By Kevin Miller on April 16, 2012, at 10:04 p.m.
City officials voted Monday to approve the use and sale of consumer fireworks, although it will likely be at least two months before any fireworks shops open in Ellsworth. Members of the City Council unanimously approved a local ordinance that largely mirrors the new state law legalizing …

Penobscot man accused of OUI, leaving the scene of an accident

By Kevin Miller on April 16, 2012, at 4 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Penobscot man is facing criminal charges after allegedly crashing his vehicle while driving under the influence and then leaving the scene of the accident. Joseph McGraw, 39, was driving on North Penobscot Road in Penobscot on Sunday evening when he apparently rolled his Jeep. But McGraw …
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's return expedition to the Titanic site in July 1986 was another team effort. More than 50 people spent nearly three weeks at sea and countless more support staff worked ashore before, during and after the expedition. John Salzig of Ellsworth (third from left) was one of the sub pilots on the mission.

Ellsworth man was among the first to see the sunken Titanic

By Kevin Miller on April 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Thanks to a series of grainy photographs taken the year before, the three men huddled inside a small research submarine in July 1986 had a general sense of what to expect as they slowly descended 12,000 feet to the stern of the Titanic. But what Ellsworth resident …
Firefighters from Winter Harbor, Gouldsboro and several surrounding communities worked Friday morning to extinguish a fire that destroyed a Winter Harbor home.

Fire destroys Winter Harbor building

By Kevin Miller on April 13, 2012, at 3:36 p.m.
Fire crews from several Hancock County towns battled a blaze that destroyed a Winter Harbor house Friday morning. The fire was reported at 10:21 a.m. at a house located just off Route 186 about a mile east of downtown Winter Harbor. Fire crews were still on …

MDI superintendent chosen for Mass. position

By Kevin Miller on April 12, 2012, at 12:29 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | The superintendent of Mount Desert Island schools, Rob Liebow, has accepted an offer with a Massachusetts school system. Liebow, who has headed MDI’s public schools since 2004, said Thursday that members of the Rockport, Mass., school committee notified him Wednesday night that they had voted unanimously to …
One of the relatively recent camouflaged cellphone towers (fashioned by an out-of-state outfit to look like a big tree) is seen on MDI in Salisbury Cove in February 2012.

Will cellular companies breathe life into Maine’s ‘dead zones’?

By Kevin Miller on April 11, 2012, at 8:03 p.m.
As new cell towers continue to crop up around the state, access to cellular services appears to be improving for Mainers living in areas that long have lingered as wireless “dead zones.” But as anyone who travels around the state can attest, Maine still has large areas where cell reception …

BEP rejects appeal, upholds permitting of 50-turbine Oakfield wind farm

By Kevin Miller on April 11, 2012, at 4:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted Wednesday to uphold state regulators’ decision to grant a permit for a 50-turbine wind farm in Oakfield that would be the largest single wind energy project built in Maine to date. By unanimous vote, the BEP rejected opponents’ requests to …
Senior Investigator Ed Archer with the Maine state fire marshal's office walks through the debris of a trailer in Waltham that was destroyed by a fire on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Damage to the trailer was too severe to determine a cause, investigators said. A young couple and several children were displaced the by fire.

Waltham fire displaces young couple with children

By Kevin Miller on April 06, 2012, at 6:05 p.m.
Fire investigators were unable Friday to determine the cause of a blaze that destroyed a Waltham trailer on Thursday evening, displacing a young couple with children and killing several family pets. Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene — located on Route 179 about halfway between Ellsworth and …

Runners to race across Penobscot Narrows bridge this weekend

By Kevin Miller on April 05, 2012, at 6:53 p.m.
VERONA | Runners will have an opportunity to enjoy the scenery from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge this weekend as part of a race raising money to send RSU 25 students to a leadership camp. The first “Bridge the Gap” road race will begin Saturday morning at Fort Knox in …
Maine Forest Service Forest Ranger Art Lavoie works Thursday at a fire in a mountainous area of Gilead. Four forest rangers were at the scene along with about 24 local firefighters. A Maine Forest Service helicopter was making repeated drops at the fire scene, getting water from the nearby Androscoggin River.

Red flag warning issued for much of state as firefighters battle western Maine wildfire

By Kevin Miller on April 05, 2012, at 1:02 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | High winds and low humidity created potentially dangerous fire conditions across nearly half of Maine on Thursday and hampered efforts to fight a tough-to-reach wildfire in the western mountains. The National Weather Service, in collaboration with the Maine Forest Service, had issued a red flag warning for …
Area residents gathered at Blue Hill Town Hall on Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012 for a vigil to support Dorothy Leighton of Blue Hill. The town of Blue Hill intends to evict her unless a solution emerges to the back taxes she owes.

64-year-old Blue Hill woman granted reprieve from eviction

By Kevin Miller on April 04, 2012, at 7:45 p.m.
A woman who owes tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes to Blue Hill was granted an additional reprieve by town officials on Wednesday, one day before police were slated to evict her from her home. Blue Hill’s selectmen apparently opted to call off the …
Adam J. Scott

Bucksport man gets 2 years for molesting girl

By Kevin Miller on April 04, 2012, at 7:11 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Bucksport man was sentenced to two years in jail this week after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a young girl. Adam J. Scott, 28, was arrested in November 2010 after he reportedly was seen molesting a girl who was under age 12 at the time. On …
Area residents gathered at Blue Hill Town Hall on Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012 for a vigil to support Dorothy Leighton of Blue Hill. The town of Blue Hill intends to evict her unless a solution emerges to the back taxes she owes.

Planned eviction of 64-year-old woman an emotional issue for all involved

By Kevin Miller on April 04, 2012, at 12:09 p.m.
BLUE HILL | Sometime on Thursday a 20-year-old property tax issue in Blue Hill could come to an emotional end when police evict a local woman from a family home that she no longer owns but where she has been allowed to live tax-free for years. Delinquent property taxes …

MMA training cruise to visit SC, Texas, Bermuda, Curacao

By Kevin Miller on April 03, 2012, at 6:40 p.m.
CASTINE | Students and crew aboard Maine Maritime Academy’s training ship will visit ports in Bermuda, Curacao and the southern U.S. during the two-month cruise that begins in early May. Each spring, more than 200 MMA students as well as dozens of officers and crew members sail the 500-foot …

Mainely Meat BBQ, Governor’s Restaurant opening in Ellsworth this month

By Kevin Miller on April 02, 2012, at 5:43 p.m.
The city is getting a couple of new eateries this month but also has lost two in recent weeks. Last weekend, a barbecue joint named Mainely Meat BBQ became the newest addition to Ellsworth’s Main Street restaurant scene. The restaurant, which is located in a building near …
Catherine Carton

Pair facing felony robbery charges tied to Stonington home invasion

By Kevin Miller on April 02, 2012, at 1:56 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Hancock County police have arrested two people in connection with an apparent home invasion in February during which a 60-year-old Stonington woman was assaulted. Morris Young, 25, of Bar Harbor and Catherine Carton, 33, of Sedgwick were arrested last Friday and are facing charges of Class A …

Thieves steal cash register from Ellsworth restaurant

By Kevin Miller on March 30, 2012, at 3:47 p.m.
Police are investigating a recent break-in at a local restaurant during which thieves didn’t just steal cash, they took the entire register. The burglary happened at Angelo’s Pizzeria in Ellsworth sometime between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 7:45 a.m. Thursday. Detective Dotty Small with the Ellsworth Police Department …