When the national media come to Maine

on May 12, 2016, at 6:33 p.m.
It’s been a poorly concealed secret for years: National news media likes to visit Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island in the summertime. Who doesn’t, right? The park’s scenic appeal, and that of coastal Maine in general, is why millions of people travel from out of state (and often …
NBC's "Today" show broadcasts from Ocean Drive in Acadia National Park on Thursday.

NBC ‘Today’ show visits Acadia National Park

By Bill Trotter on May 12, 2016, at 2:03 p.m.
The weather certainly cooperated for the live shoot, as did a few fishermen. Temperatures Thursday morning were in the 50s, and no clouds were in the sky as the sun shone brightly and lobstermen hauled traps in the background.

Concerns about odor, truck traffic continue to dominate Fiberight site plan review

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2016, at 10:50 p.m.
HAMPDEN | Residents again raised concerns about potential odor and increased truck traffic during a public hearing Wednesday night conducted by the planning board as part of its review of Fiberight’s site plan application for a $69 million waste-to-energy facility proposed in the town. Those were the two top …
Scott Adkins (second from left), who was hired last September as Milford’s town manager, has been hired as the county administrator for Hancock County. He is expected to start his new job on Monday, May 16.

Former Penobscot County official hired as Hancock County administrator

By Bill Trotter on May 11, 2016, at 5:57 p.m.
In the 18 months since Hancock County officials created the position, the county has hired its second county administrator.

Community Memorial Day service at Bucksport Veterans Memorial Park

on May 11, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Bucksport United Methodist Church will host a Community Memorial Day Service, 10 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at the Bucksport Veterans Memorial Park. The service, open to all regardless of church affiliation, will feature worship songs and prayers to honor each branch of the military. Due to limited parking, people are asked …
Ellsworth High School soccer coach Brian Higgins is shown in 2011.

Maine’s winningest high school soccer coach retiring after 42 years

By Larry Mahoney on May 10, 2016, at 9:33 p.m.
Ellsworth High School boys coach Brian Higgins has won 19 regional championships and four state titles.

Bar Harbor boy performs onstage with Pearl Jam

on May 10, 2016, at 12:46 a.m.
Bar Harbor resident Noah Keeley (and his parents) got the thrill of a lifetime last week when the 10 year-old was invited up onstage to perform with world-famous rock band Pearl Jam in Quebec City.
Kenneth Gray

Blue Hill man accepted into drug treatment court

By Bill Trotter on May 09, 2016, at 6:03 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Blue Hill man arrested three times in the past year on drug trafficking charges has been accepted into drug treatment court and will not have to spend any more time behind bars if he stays out of trouble. But if Kenneth W. Gray, 28, gets in …
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder jammed with 10-year-old Noah Keeley in front of a crowd in Quebec City.

10-year-old Bar Harbor boy plays with Pearl Jam

By CBS 13 on May 09, 2016, at 5:47 p.m.
The rock group Pearl Jam invited a boy from Bar Harbor to join the band on stage Thursday night.
The head-of-tide dam in Orland Village has been owned by the town since 2011.

Orland dam removal will now be decided by vote

By Aislinn Sarnacki on May 09, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
After concerned residents voiced opposition to making the important decision about the fate of the Orland Village Dam in a town meeting, the Board of Selectmen has opted to hold a town vote on June 14.
The Bucksport mill can be seen Jan. 1, 2015.

Growing the ‘port’ in Bucksport could bring jobs

By Tom Groening, The Working Waterfront on May 09, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
What sets Bucksport apart, along with its deep water, are two key assets: natural gas and rail.
Fred Vose, 78, of Brunswick.

Missing Brunswick man found safe

Bangor Daily News on May 08, 2016, at 8:57 a.m.
Fred Vose, 78, was located in Stonington.

Bar Harbor Bank acquires NH bank chain for $143 million

By Darren Fishell on May 06, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
Bar Harbor Bankshares has reached a $143 million deal to buy the Newport, New Hampshire-based Lake Sunapee Bank Group, expanding its footprint throughout northern New England.

Lamoine man faces 18 criminal income tax charges

By Bill Trotter on May 06, 2016, at 2:33 p.m.
A Lamoine man indicted last December on charges related to his alleged failure to pay state income taxes pleaded innocent when he appeared in court this week, according to court documents.
The head-of-tide dam in Orland Village has been owned by the town since 2011. Orland residents will decide whether to remove the dam at a town meeting on June 15.

Orland Village Dam removal may be in near future

By Aislinn Sarnacki on May 05, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
Orland residents will get a chance to decide the fate of the Orland Village Dam at an upcoming town meeting.
Miguel Antonio Garcia

Bangor police arrest man on manslaughter warrant out of Hancock County

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 04, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
A local man has been arrested on a manslaughter warrant out of Hancock County, Bangor police said.
Ellsworth residents Diane Kelly-Lokocz and her son, 4-year-old Rye, arrive at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park an early Monday afternoon this past February. Park officials say visitors to Acadia generated $305 million in spending to the area economy in 2015.

Feds: Acadia’s economic impact increased by $34 million in 2015

By Bill Trotter on May 04, 2016, at 2:26 p.m.
Maine’s only national park, which last year had its highest estimated annual visitation mark since 1995, contributed more than $300 million to the local economy last year, according to federal officials.
Ralph Fowler

Eastbrook man gets 8 months for multiple hunting violations

By Bill Trotter on May 03, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | An Eastbrook man who was facing more than 50 criminal charges, the lion’s share of which were for hunting violations, was sentenced Tuesday to serve eight months behind bars. Ralph Fowler, 44, pleaded guilty to 26 charges, with the rest being dismissed, as part of a plea …
Staff Sgt. Robert Billings (left) of the U.S. Army National Guard shakes hands with World War II veteran Harold Beal (right), Paul Wilbur and Norman Rossignol (background) after a news conference at Husson University's New England School of Communications on Monday. Nine students in a public affairs class divided into teams to research and gather information about World War II and then interview three World War II veterans. Their project was accepted to The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, which preserves the stories of American war veterans.

Stories of Maine WWII veterans recorded by Husson students for Library of Congress

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 02, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
Students in the New England School of Communications journalism program at Husson University learned there is more to history than what is written in books, several said Monday after they interviewed three Maine World War II veterans as part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.
A sea gull stands Friday on a large rock on the sand bar in Bar Harbor while the Holland America ship Veendam is anchored in Frenchman Bay. The Veendam was the first cruise ship to visit Bar Harbor this summer and plans to visit Bar Harbor 19 more times by the end of October. Overall, more than 370 cruise ship visits are scheduled for nine Maine ports in 2016.

Maine’s 2016 cruise passenger count expected to rise

By Bill Trotter on May 02, 2016, at 6:13 a.m.
Overall, 376 cruise ship visits carrying a projected statewide total of more than 283,000 passengers are expected to be spread out among nine Maine ports this year.