Fired police chief files suit against Bar Harbor

By Bill Trotter on March 25, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Bar Harbor’s former police chief has filed suit against the town over his dismissal. Nate Young’s civil complaint against the town of Bar Harbor was filed Tuesday in the court clerk’s office in Ellsworth. Young was fired in January after having been placed on paid administrative …
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Auto Magic: Slideshow highlights early days of motorized travel

By MelRice on March 25, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org BAR HARBOR — New inventions. Rapid change. Cool machines. That was America at the dawn of the 20th century. Come hear – …

Prosecutors seek to revoke bail for Eastbrook man accused of leading police on eight-mile foot chase

By Bill Trotter on March 25, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Prosecutors are seeking to revoke bail for a man who eluded capture for more than a week after he allegedly led police on a recent eight-mile foot chase through the woods. Police eventually found and arrested Mark W. Sincyr, 40, of Eastbrook at the home of a …
A blue jay perches in the snow as spring arrives last week with a March snow storm.

8-12 inches expected Down East in spring blizzard

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 25, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — Down East and coastal regions braced for up to a foot of snow expected overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for coastal Hancock and Washington counties for a winter storm expected to move in late Tuesday night and into Wednesday. The …

Machiasport man who pleaded guilty seeks to vacate conviction on 48 burglary and theft charges

By Bill Trotter on March 24, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Machiasport man convicted two years ago on 48 counts of burglary and theft is petitioning a Superior Court judge to vacate his guilty plea. Randy G. Millay, 46, currently is serving a 10-year prison sentence at the Maine State Prison in Warren. During a court hearing …
Bangor residents cleared off their cars and removed several inches of snow from their driveways after another storm brought 11 inches of snow to the area in this March 2014 file photo.

Spring storm expected to bring blizzard conditions to Washington, Hancock counties

By Ryan McLaughlin and Nok-Noi Ricker on March 24, 2014, at 8:45 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — Yet another winter storm is forecast to bring fresh powder, high winds and blizzard conditions to parts of Maine on Tuesday night into Wednesday. Washington County is expected to be the hardest-hit region, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou, which placed the region under a …
Scott and Holly Lounder of Ellsworth have been battling Lyme disease. They were diagnosed after having had various symptoms for several years.  The Lounders' — both black belt martial arts instructors — are facing significant medical and financial challenges as the disease rendered them unable to work for several months now.

Ellsworth couple with martial arts studio struggling with Lyme disease

By Bill Trotter on March 23, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Scott and Holly Lounder finally feel like they have many of the answers they’ve been looking for. The local couple, who own and operate a martial arts studio on Bangor Road, say they each can trace their medical symptoms back over a decade — symptoms, they say, …

Battling lyme disease

By Gabor Degre on March 23, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
Scott and Holly Lounder of Ellsworth have been battling lyme disease. They were diagnosed after having had various symptoms for several years. The Lounders’ – both black belt martial arts instructors – are facing significant medical and financial challenges as the disease rendered them unable to work for several months …
A lobster sits in a tank at McLaughlin's Seafood in Bangor in this December 2012 file photo.

When it comes to the lobster market, supply is the limit

By Bill Trotter on March 23, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Got lobster? Open up your fridge right now, and the answer most probably is “no.” According to many involved in Maine’s premiere fishery, that always will be the case for the vast majority of consumers — and that’s the way it should be. Lobster will never be …
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Two plead guilty in Ellsworth mobile meth lab case

By Bill Trotter on March 23, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two Aroostook County residents accused of manufacturing crystal methamphetamines in the parking lot of a local hotel have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges, but a similar charge is still pending against a third defendant in the case. Ezra Brady, 22, of Bridgewater; Jessica Jones, 29, of …
Customers make their way into Dunkin' Donuts at the corner of Route 1A and Forest Avenue in Ellsworth. Plans are in the works to open a third Dunkin' Donuts at the intersection of Kingsland Crossing and Route 3. In addition, Dairy Queen is looking to build a new “Grill & Chill” restaurant on High Street.

Dunkin’ Donuts, Dairy Queen set sights on Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on March 22, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two well-known retail food firms have submitted plans to open new locations in Hancock County’s largest municipality. Dairy Queen is looking to build a new “Grill & Chill” restaurant on High Street, and a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner is looking to open another store in Ellsworth on …
Balancing rocks appear to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month at Acadia National Park in Maine.

Acadia’s balancing rocks

By Robert F. Bukaty on March 21, 2014, at 7:37 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Like a group of yogis who have found the ideal place to meditate, more than two dozen carefully balanced rocks populate a quiet cove just north of Otter Cliffs. They appear to have emerged from the round rock beach to take their place amongst the …
A view of the railing along the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

Bill to install suicide prevention fence on Penobscot Narrows Bridge fails in committee

By Christopher Cousins on March 18, 2014, at 6:37 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Legislature’s Transportation Committee rejected a bill Tuesday afternoon that would have led to the installation of a suicide prevention fence on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Rep. Beth Turner, R-Burlington, a member of the committee, said the unanimous “ought not to pass” recommendation was a reflection of …
Glenn Bernard of Presque Isle fingers through his elver catch from the previous night to try and find eels small enough to sell in Brewer in this May 2013 file photo.

Maine’s new elver rules will delay season start until April

By Bill Trotter on March 18, 2014, at 3:57 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — New rules for the elver fishery that were overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the Legislature will result in a delay of at least two weeks to the start of the season, according to state officials. Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, said Tuesday that …

Four file papers for DA race in Hancock, Washington counties

By Bill Trotter on March 18, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — With the incumbents choosing not to seek re-election, there will be contested primary elections in Hancock County this year to elect a new district attorney, a new sheriff and a new probate judge. The filing deadline for candidates who want to run in primary elections this year …

Bucksport High School second quarter honor roll

on March 17, 2014, at 10:17 p.m.
Bucksport High School Second quarter honor roll Grade 12, highest honors: Kelli Alley, Jade Darragh, Alanna Davis, Kayla Gray, Austin Sargent; high honors: Brianna Bires, Anna Boyle, Danica Brassbridge, Eleanor Carr, Andrew DeRedin, Robinson Doyle, Paul Fitzgerald, Mikaela Gaslin, Bailey Graychase, Ila Grindle, Shayne Hanson, Liam Pitchford, Ryan Robbins, Mitchell …
Michael J. Darragh, 42, of Penobscot.

Police: Penobscot man broke into house, crashed stolen car, passed out drunk

By Bill Trotter on March 17, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
BROOKSVILLE, Maine — A Penobscot man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly broke into a Brooksville house, stole a car, crashed the car not far away, and then returned to the house he is accused of breaking into and passed out, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. Michael …

Judge rules against Maine firm in dispute over Acadia concessions contract

By Bill Trotter on March 17, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — A local firm that operated retail sites in Acadia National Park for 80 years has lost its appeal of a decision by the National Park Service not to renew its contract, according to a company official. David Woodside, president of Acadia Corp., indicated Saturday that a …
 St. George Select Board Chair Bill Reinhardt raises an issue during a July meeting about the Regional School Unit 13 budget.

Towns across Maine continue push to break away from larger school districts

By Stephen Betts on March 15, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
The number of Maine communities breaking off from school districts continues to grow but it remains a small percentage. Since the state approved a law in 2007 to encourage the consolidation of school districts, nine municipalities have withdrawn from districts and five other communities will join the list as of …
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LEGO Exhibition at Southwest Harbor Public Library

Bangor Daily News on March 14, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine – The Southwest Harbor Public Library will be holding a LEGO Exhibition during the month of April. Open to LEGO builders of all ages and skill levels, all submissions should be original works (not from a kit) no larger than 1-foot by 1-foot square. There will be a Meet-the-Builders …
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