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George Stevens Academy Jazz Band

GSA Jazz Band to perform at the Blue Hill Fair

By steven orlofsky on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Blue Hill Fair, Blue Hill/Ellsworth Road, Blue Hill, Maine For more information: 207-374-2808; georgestevensacademy.org BLUE HILL, Maine — For the 21st consecutive year, the GSA Jazz Band will perform during the Harness Races at the Blue Hill Fair on Saturday, …
Jeffrey Paul Barnard

Ellsworth man shot in standoff ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine trial competency

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 23, 2014, at 2 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge Friday ordered an Ellsworth man, who was shot in the face during a standoff with police June 1, to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Jeffrey Paul Barnard, 50, is charged with being a felon in possession …

Ellsworth police warn of injured police officer phone scam

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 22, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Local police are warning the public about a scam in the guise of a charitable cause for law enforcement officers. According to the Ellsworth Police Department, a resident was contacted Tuesday by a man on the phone who told her he was soliciting donations for “fallen and …
John Linnehan Jr. served  as head of the Acadia Christian School, which is part of the Good News Center in Trenton.

Trenton’s Acadia Christian School closes because of inadequate funding

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 22, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
TRENTON, Maine — The Acadia Christian School, a private school that serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade, will not be opening for the 2014-15 school year because of lack of finances, according to John Linnehan Jr., head of the Good News Center, which includes the school. The school has …

Narcoleptic driver causes concern for Ellsworth police

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 22, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Local police have been contacted more than once by people who say they have come across a woman passed out behind the wheel of a car stopped directly in the middle of a Hancock County road. Around 1:30 p.m. Monday, a motorist reported to police that a …
From left, Lance Bradshaw and Jake McGuire unload the lobster they caught recently afternoon at the Stonington Lobster Co-op dock. Bradshaw recently dropped out of the University of Maine during his first year with hopes of becoming an engineer.

Dreams deferred: Why do so many UMaine students fail to graduate?

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Lance Bradshaw, 22, has been supporting himself through lobstering since he was 16, but for a long time, he’s wanted something more. So two years ago, in an attempt to chart a different path, the Deer Isle resident enrolled at the University of Maine to pursue a …
David Rand

Former Bar Harbor, Bangor, Lincoln fire official David Rand dies

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:24 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — David Rand, a former municipal fire official who led departments in Bar Harbor and Lincoln and was an assistant fire chief in Bangor, has died. Rand was head of Bar Harbor Fire Department for 19 years until his retirement in 2012. He passed away Aug. 20 …
 A stranded hiker in need of medical attention is lifted off Beehive Mountain in Acadia National Park on Wednesday.

Forest service helicopter lifts stranded hiker off Beehive in Acadia

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Using a rope suspended from a helicopter, park rangers and Maine Forest Service rescue workers safely plucked a hiker off Beehive Mountain on Wednesday after she was unable to get down. The 52 year-old Maine resident had made it about one-third of the way up …
Hannah Semler, gleaning coordinator for Healthy Acadia, picks kale at Pat and Mike's Garden, a small farm in Ellsworth.

Gleaning program puts garden surplus on tables, helps fight food insecurity in Hancock County

By Robert F. Bukaty on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT, Maine – The sun sets at the Beech Hill Farm as Hannah Semler carries the last crate of vegetables to her van. The summer squash, cucumbers, parsley and chard she carries may have been destined for the compost. Instead, it will help feed those in need in Hancock …
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Public breakfast buffet in Bucksport

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 71 Franklin St., Bucksport For more information: 207-469-3622 BUCKSPORT, Maine — A public breakfast buffet will be held 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 71 Franklin St. This all-you-can-eat meal …
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Baked bean and casserole supper in Orland

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:49 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Orland United Methodist Church, 24 Narramissic Drive, Orland ORLAND, Maine — A baked bean and casserole supper will be held 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Orland United Methodist Church, 24 Narramissic Drive. The menu will include baked beans, casseroles, …
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Benefit hat sale Aug. 21

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 21, 2014, at 8:40 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Maine Coast Exchange, 8 Main St., Seal Harbor For more information: 207-288-4849 SEAL HARBOR, Maine — Fabulous 1950s and 60s Hat Sale! Thursday, August 21, 4-6 pm Preview Party at The Maine Coast Exchange, 8 Main Street, Seal Harbor. The sale will …

Teen gets 30 days in jail for burglaries, vandalism to Penobscot home

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
PENOBSCOT, Maine — A local teenager who was indicted earlier this month on charges stemming from a break-in at a Penobscot house has pleaded no contest to the crimes. Elijah McCarthy, 19, entered the no-contest pleas to burglary and criminal mischief charges on Aug. 15in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court. …

1,500 Emera customers lose power in Gouldsboro area

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
GOULDSBORO, Maine — More than 1,500 Emera Maine customers in eastern Hancock County lost power early Wednesday afternoon, possibly because of a downed utility pole, according to officials. According to a prepared statement from the electrical power distribution company, 1,527 customers had lost power in the vicinity of Winter Harbor …
A section of Route 15 in Stonington, voted the worst road in Maine in a contest run by the Maine Better Transportation Association.

Camden man’s account of bumpy trip on Route 15 wins ‘Worst Road in Maine’ contest

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 3:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Camden man who wrote a harrowing account of his trip along Route 15 from Blue Hill to Stonington this spring is the winner of the Worst Road in Maine contest, according to the Maine Better Transportation Association. Gabriel Zacchai’s entry was selected from among eight finalists, …

Bar Harbor picks 2 finalists for manager job

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — The two finalists for the vacant town manager position are expected to be in Bar Harbor next week to visit with town staff and local residents. Both candidates have town manager experience in Maine and have been identified from a field of more than 50 applicants, …
"I can't go back, I gotta go forward," James "Jim" Miekka of Surry said while target shooting at the Orrington Rod and Gun Club on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010.

Blind marksman who developed sound-emitting scope, stock market predictor killed when hit by vehicle in Surry

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
SURRY, Maine — Nicknamed “the Midnight Gunslinger,” he could shoot a rifle and hit a target 200 yards away, despite the fact that he could not see. On Tuesday morning, poor visibility apparently intervened to take the life of James Miekka, 54, when he was struck by a sport utility …
Richard Olson

Driver in fatal Dedham crash crossed centerline, but it’s unclear why

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 18, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.
DEDHAM, Maine — The initial report about the Aug. 5 fatal collision on Route 1A indicates 85-year-old Richard Olson, who was driving to his summer home in Ellsworth, may have drifted in his lane and overcorrected, causing his vehicle to cross the centerline and hit an oncoming truck head-on. Olson, …
Lt. Chris Coleman, head of the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police, has been selected as the new Ellsworth police chief.

Maine State Police veteran picked as new Ellsworth police chief

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 18, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The city has picked a new chief of police who is well known in law enforcement circles in eastern Maine. Lt. Christopher Coleman, head of the Maine State Police major crimes’ northern division, has been selected to lead the Ellsworth Police Department. Coleman confirmed his new appointment …

Saving Lobster ‘Clawdia’

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration photo More than once, I’ve heard a lobster fisherman refer to himself as a ‘crustacean relocation technician.’ It is meant as a joking way to describe how fishermen catch large amounts of lobster in traps and then bring them ashore. On occasion, but not often, …
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