Emera Maine plans Mount Desert Island service interruption

on Oct. 24, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
Emera Maine officials are planning a service interruption on Mount Desert Island for Oct. 30, according to a company statement. The service interruption is to conduct maintenance to the electrical system, and areas affected include Hall Quarry Road, Easy Street and Merchant and Vacation lanes. The …

Dedham house destroyed by fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 24, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
A two-story raised ranch home on Jellison Hill Road was gutted by fire early Friday morning, according to officials. Firefighters from Dedham, Ellsworth, Holden, Orrington and Eddington were sent to battle the blaze that was called in about 4 a.m., Dedham Fire Chief Craig Shane said. The …

Suspended Orland lobsterman pleads guilty to fishing-related crimes, ordered to pay $50,000 fine

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 23, 2014, at 6 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | An Orland lobsterman who had his license suspended earlier this year for multiple fishing violations has pleaded guilty to fishing-related crimes in Hancock County, according to state officials. Theodore Gray, 34, pleaded guilty last week in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court to possession of undersized and v-notched …
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Ryan Ward

Dedham baseball player named to All Academic team

on Oct. 23, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
DEDHAM, Maine — Ryan Ward of Dedham was one of nine players nationwide to be named to the American Legion 2014 All Academic team.  Ward was selected by the American Legion World Series Scholarship committee to be the New England Region award recipient for the team based on academic achievement.  …

Tech investor gives $5 million to The Jackson Laboratory for genomic biology center

By Lauren Abbate, BDN Staff on Oct. 23, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory announced Tuesday that technology investor David Roux and his wife, Barbara, have donated $5 million to help translate the laboratory’s understanding of the human genome into practical cures for genetically based diseases. The funds will be used to establish the Roux Family Center for Genomics and Computational …

Three hurt in Blue Hill crash

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:52 p.m.
A two-car head-on collision Tuesday on Mines Road resulted in three people being hospitalized, including a Sedgwick man who was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to a Bangor hospital, Maine State Police said on Wednesday. Charles Read, 69, was a passenger in a 1996 Saturn being driven …
Law enforcement officials with Maine State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard (with hoods up) stand by as Mike Miller (left), acting chief of the Southwest Harbor Police Department, picks up a tape barrier that blew over in the wind on Wednesday in Southwest Harbor. Officer Shawn Murphy takes photos in the background.

Bomb squad called in to investigate suspicious object in Southwest Harbor

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 22, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
A suspicious device found on the local waterfront Wednesday morning was destroyed as a precaution, and state officials are investigating whether it may have posed a threat, according to police. The device was spotted by a municipal public works employee a few minutes after 7 a.m. …

Federal jury finds Penobscot man guilty of possessing child porn

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 21, 2014, at 6:39 p.m.
BANGOR | A jury Tuesday found a Penobscot man guilty of one count of possession of child pornography after 1½-day trial in U.S. District Court. Kevin Lee Ross, 52, will be held without bail pending sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set. Before the verdict, he was free …
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Dedham craft fair Nov. 8

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Dedham Church, Route 46, Dedham Village DEDHAM, Maine — Dedham Craft Fair will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Dedham Church, Route 46 in Dedham Village. Local crafts, raffles and home-baked food will be available, as will …

Ellsworth attorney accused of punching client’s boyfriend

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 21, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
A local lawyer has been charged with assault after he allegedly got into an altercation with the boyfriend of a client. Chris Whalley was charged with simple assault in connection with the incident, which happened Friday, Oct. 17, according to the Ellsworth Police Department. The incident occurred …
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Robert Foster, president  of R.H. Foster; Suellen Speed,  assistant vice president, assistant branch manager, Machias Savings Bank; Jill Golding, Ellsworth Branch manager, Machias Savings Bank; Joe Moran, Cadillac Mountain Sports marketing manager; and Dave Harrington, owner of Pyramid Studios.

23rd annual Poinsettia Ball in Ellsworth

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 21, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — For the 23rd annual Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Poinsettia Ball R. H. Foster, Machias Savings Bank, and WABI TV 5 come together to wish you a Merry and Bright holiday season.  This year’s event will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Ellsworth Ramada. Albert and Barbara Harmon …

Flood watch in place as fall nor’easter could bring 5 inches of rain

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
CARIBOU | A fall nor’easter is expected to bring at least 5 inches of rain to parts of the state over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service. Rain began falling Tuesday and was predicted to be heavy at times Wednesday and Thursday. Between 2 and …
Waterville police Officer Kris McKenna is running for sheriff of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.

Somerset County sheriff’s race pits deputy chief against Waterville police officer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 20, 2014, at 3:12 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN | The race to become the next sheriff in Somerset County pits a chief deputy at the sheriff’s office with 40 years of experience against a Waterville police officer who has spent 15 years working in law enforcement. Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster, 58, of Cornville, has been in …

Pigs, chickens die in Brooklin barn fire

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 20, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
Several animals died in a barn fire early Monday morning, according to fire officials. The fire at Poland Family Farm on River Road was reported by a passing motorist shortly before 4:30 a.m. Monday, according to local fire officials. The first firefighters who arrived at the scene …

Hiker flown to EMMC after slipping on rocks on MDI

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 19, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Park rangers were called to assist a woman who slipped and fell on wet rocks at Acadia National Park on Saturday morning and was flown by LifeFlight to Bangor. According to Ranger Will Overton, the Massachusetts woman was hiking with friends and photographing in the Otter …
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Former BDN editorial writer, AP reporter inducted into Maine Press Association Hall of Fame

on Oct. 18, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
AUBURN | The Maine Press Association inducted two new members to its Hall of Fame on Saturday during the association’s fall conference. The inductees were the late Robert Crocker, a longtime Associated Press state house reporter, and Richard Dudman, a retired St. Louis Post Dispatch correspondent and editorial writer …
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Three charged in Hancock County meth bust indicted

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 17, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Three people accused of being involved in a local methamphetamine operation that police busted this past summer were among 15 people indicted last week in Hancock County. Also indicted was a former furniture store employee accused of stealing from his employer. Jack G. Lint, 35, of Dixmont, …
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Bapst graduate wins national American Legion baseball academic honor

on Oct. 17, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
Ryan Ward of Dedham is one of nine players nationwide who have been selected to this year’s American Legion Baseball All-Academic Team. Ward, a 2014 graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, was a three-sport athlete for the Crusaders and competed for the Bangor-based Motor City American Legion …
The Van Loon family, which owned the Ellsworth Shopping Center on High Street for 50 years, has sold the 20-acre property.

Ellsworth shopping center sells after 50-year ownership by Van Loon family

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 16, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
A local shopping center that has been on the market for two years has a new owner. According to documents on file at the Hancock County Registry of Deeds, the Ellsworth Shopping Center on High Street changed hands Sept. 29. The 19-acre property, where Shaw’s Supermarkets, Reny’s …
A scene from "Spamalot" at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth; left to right is Robin Jones, Patrick Harris, Jonathan Wood, Bernard Hope, Steve Robbins and Gaylen Smith.

They eat ham, and jam, and Spam a lot: first musical in five years set for The Grand theater

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 16, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
There’s musical comedy, and then there’s “Spamalot.” The sublime lunacy of the Monty Python-inspired musical, written by Eric Idle and Neil Innes and based on the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” makes it perhaps the silliest musical of all time. That’s why directors Ken Stack and Mike …
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