Articles by Rich Hewitt

 

Small turnout in Bucksport approves $12.8M school budget

By Rich Hewitt on May 26, 2011, at 3:55 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine  — With little question or comment, a handful of residents from the four towns that make up RSU 25 on Wednesday approved the $12.8 million school budget for the coming school year. At $12,813,196, the budget represents a $790,000 decrease from the current school budget, the largest single …

Legislature OKs Surry joining Union 93

By Rich Hewitt on May 25, 2011, at 6:38 p.m.
SURRY, Maine — The Legislature has given its approval to a proposal that will allow Surry to join School Union 93. Both the House and the Senate this week approved the legislation sponsored by Sen. Brian Langley, R-Ellsworth. The measure now awaits Gov. Paul LePage’s signature. The bill was submitted …

School budget down for Deer Isle-Stonington

By Rich Hewitt on May 25, 2011, at 6:10 p.m.
DEER ISLE, Maine — The total school budget for the Deer Isle-Stonington CSD is down this year, but the cost to the towns will go up if the budget is approved as proposed. The CSD school board last week approved a $6,329,608 budget for the coming school year. According to …

Bucksport council sets preliminary budget

By Rich Hewitt on May 24, 2011, at 10:56 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Town councilors will meet Thursday to adopt the $5.3 million town budget for the coming fiscal year which begins on July 1. The meeting, which also includes public hearings on the town budget, the capital improvement plan and the sewer operating budget, begins at 7 p.m. in …

Ellsworth growth means more road responsibility

By Rich Hewitt on May 19, 2011, at 8:29 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The city has welcomed a major growth spurt over the past 10 years, but that increase in population will mean new city responsibilities for state roads and increased costs. The city’s population increased by 1,285 residents, raising the population in 2010 to 7,741, about a  20 percent jump, …
It has been almost two years in the making and next week Shearwater will leave Morris Yachts for her career as a training vessel for the US Coast Guard Academy. To celebrate, on Wednesday, May 18th as part of the annual Service Open House, Morris Yachts invites the public to come view the boat and be a part of a send off celebration at 11am at the Morris Service yard in Bass Harbor. Designer David Pedrick and Alan Sprague of the Coast Guard Academy will be on hand for the Morris celebration.

Morris Yachts shipping out first U.S. Coast Guard Academy sailboat

By Rich Hewitt on May 17, 2011, at 8:23 p.m.
BASS HARBOR, Maine — After two years of work, Morris Yachts will celebrate the departure Wednesday of Shearwater, the first of several training vessels the yard is building for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. A send-off ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Morris Yachts …

Contract talks continue at Verso Paper mill in Bucksport

By Rich Hewitt on May 17, 2011, at 4:04 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Contract negotiations are continuing or about to begin between several union representatives and Verso Paper mill officials. Contracts for all four unions at the mill expired on April 30, but, according to mill spokesman Bill Cohen, the contracts included language that employees would continue to work under …

FBI mum on Ellsworth white powder case

By Rich Hewitt on May 17, 2011, at 1:29 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The FBI on Tuesday confirmed that it is investigating the discovery of an unidentified white powder in an envelope at a local bank operations center, but agents said little else about the case. According to Special Agent Greg Comcowich at the FBI Public Affairs office in Boston, …

Police in Hancock County investigating accident, vandalism spree and burglary

By Rich Hewitt on May 16, 2011, at 5:50 p.m.
SURRY — Police are investigating a single-car accident early Sunday morning on Newberry Neck Road. The Hancock County Regional Communications Center received a call at about 2:35 a.m. Sunday reporting a motor vehicle accident on the road in Surry. The caller reported that the driver had fled the scene. Deputy …

Investigators can’t identify mystery powder

By Rich Hewitt on May 16, 2011, at 2:29 p.m.
ELLSWORTH — Investigators have been unable to identify the mysterious white powder discovered last week in an envelope at a local banking center, according to an Ellsworth fire official. Ellsworth’s Deputy Fire Chief Richard Tupper said he received word from the Maine crime lab in Augusta that tests conducted there were …

Testing continues on powder found at Ellsworth bank center

By Rich Hewitt on May 13, 2011, at 12:57 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Maine Crime Lab on Friday confirmed that the white powder discovered Thursday in an envelope at a local bank operations center contained no hazardous materials. But there still was no word as to what the powder was, according to Ellsworth Deputy Fire Chief Richard Tupper. Tupper said …
A hazmat team made up of members of the Orono-Old Town Regional Rapid Response Team and from the Maine National Guard Civil Support Team in Waterville enter the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust operations center in Ellsworth on Thursday to retrieve samples of a white powder discovered in an envelope. Emergency personnel evacuated the building and workers waited throughout the afternoon before they learned that the substance did not contain any hazardous materials

No hazardous material found in Ellsworth bank substance

By Rich Hewitt on May 12, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — About 30 people were evacuated from a bank processing facility Thursday morning after an employee found a powdery substance in an envelope she opened. The discovery drew rapid response teams from around the state to the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust operations center on Avery Lane not …

RSU 25 school board OKs 2011-12 budget

By Rich Hewitt on May 11, 2011, at 9:05 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — The RSU 25 school board on Tuesday approved a $12.8 million budget for the coming school year that includes staff and program cuts throughout the district as well as savings from the closing of the Orland Consolidated School. At $12,813,196, the proposed budget is almost $800,000 less …

School costs up for Ellsworth

By Rich Hewitt on May 10, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
ELLSWORTH — “We’re being held hostage by Augusta!” That was City Councilor John Moore’s reaction to the RSU 24 budget presentation Monday night. “It’s like the Sheriff of Nottingham,” he said. “We’re being robbed by the EPS.” EPS is the Essential Programs and Services formula that the state uses to determine …
Orland Consolidated School

Orland residents back plan to close school by nearly 2-1

By Rich Hewitt on May 10, 2011, at 7:10 p.m.
ORLAND, Maine — With a heavy turnout on Monday, voters backed a plan to close the Orland Consolidated School at the end of this year. With 753 ballots cast, the turnout was “unprecedented” for a municipal election and provided a good cross-section of town, according to Town Clerk Connie Brown. The …

Orland residents back plan to close school by nearly 2-1

By Rich Hewitt on May 10, 2011, at 12:21 p.m.
ORLAND, Maine — With a heavy turnout on Monday, voters backed the plan to close the Orland Consolidated School at the end of this year. With 753 ballots cast, the turnout was “unprecedented” for a municipal election, according to Town Clerk Connie Brown, providing a good cross-section of the town. …
Christopher Cherry, 14, of Bucksport catches some air recently off one of the homemade fixtures youngsters have set up at the town's ice skating rink. A group of teens, backed by the town, hope to garner support from local residents to build new and expanded features for bikers, skateboarders and scooter riders.

Teens organize to create skate park

By Rich Hewitt on May 09, 2011, at 5:29 p.m.
BUCKSPORT — The world of half-pipes and pyramids, stair sets and roll-ins may be foreign for much of the population. But for a group of local youngsters, those are the essential pieces they use to  jump, stall, slide across and jump over with scooters, bikes or skateboards — all the …
Orland Consolidated School

Orland selectmen concerned about school vote mailing

By Rich Hewitt on May 06, 2011, at 7:52 p.m.
ORLAND, Maine — Selectmen on Friday raised concerns about a recent mass mailing in town urging a “no” vote in the referendum on the planned closure of Orland Consolidated School. Residents will make the final decision on whether to close the school during balloting on Monday at the town’s annual …
The Maine Department of Transportation is considering replacing the Falls Bridge in Blue Hill. The 85-year-old bridge is located on Route 175 and crosses the inlet to Salt Pond.

MDOT eyes replacement of Falls Bridge in Blue Hill

By Rich Hewitt on May 06, 2011, at 4:15 p.m.
BLUE HILL, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation is leaning toward replacing the Falls Bridge instead of repairing the 85-year-old structure. The bridge is located along Route 175 in South Blue Hill and spans the inlet from Blue Hill Harbor into Salt Pond. The department has been developing a …

Ellsworth starts replacing water main on Water Street

By Rich Hewitt on May 04, 2011, at 6:38 p.m.
ELLSWORTH — Crews have begun preliminary work on a city project that will replace about a quarter-mile of antique water main lines along Water Street. According to City Manager Michelle Beal, crews from the Sargent Co. have started running temporary water lines to homes and businesses along Water Street between …
 
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