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Seaside Grange of Corea to hold rummage and bake sale

By Jennifer Stucker on July 02, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Seaside Grange, 64 Crowley Island, Corea For more information: 207-963-8826 COREA, Maine — The members of the Seaside Grange of Corea will hold their annual rummage and bake sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, with outdoor sales beginning at 9 …
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Hancock County Planning Commission hosts haz-waste collection

By Sheri Walsh on July 02, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine – Hancock County Planning Commission has organized a Greater Ellsworth area household hazardous waste and universal waste collection for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Ellsworth High School. The Hancock County Planning Commission is pleased to announce an opportunity for residents of Dedham, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Gouldsboro, Hancock, …

Hancock County man dies after suffering medical episode, striking power pole in Ellsworth

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 01, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local man died Tuesday morning after suffering an apparent medical condition while driving along Water Street, police said. Edward McFarland, 71, who split his time between Ellsworth and Hulls Cove, was pronounced dead at the scene, Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said. Page said McFarland has …
Bucksport native Ben Arnold, a member of the Army National Guard, will be honored by the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night as part of its "Hats Off to Heroes” program. Arnold is shown here while on duty at Khost Province, Afghanistan, in December 2011.

Bucksport native to be honored at Fenway Park for military service

By Larry Mahoney on June 30, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
Everybody’s first visit to Boston’s Fenway Park is memorable. But Bucksport native Ben Arnold’s first trip will be special. When Arnold makes his trip to Fenway Park on Wednesday night for the interleague game against the Chicago Cubs, he will be going as an honored guest of the Red Sox. …
Passengers board the Island Explorer next to the Village Green. The bus service and partners announced serving passenger No. 5 million.

Island Explorer recognizes rider No. 5 million

By Tim Cox on June 30, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Monday was just another day for Marisa Gray, 17, taking the Island Explorer bus to her job at the Hannaford grocery store in Bar Harbor. Not for the Friends of Acadia National Park, however. When Gray stepped off the bus next to the village green, the …

60-year-old man rescued in Acadia

By Tim Cox on June 28, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Park rangers assisted by emergency responders rescued a man in Acadia National Park who appeared to be suffering a heart attack on Friday afternoon. Park rangers were notified about 2:30 p.m. by a 911 call from a person hiking on Beech Mountain that a 60-year-old man …
Patrice McCarron, executive director with the Maine Lobstermen’s Association

‘Fishermen in Maine are not happy about this’: Feds finalize whale-safe rules for lobster buoy lines

By Bill Trotter on June 28, 2014, at 8:34 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Federal fisheries officials have issued the final version of a new rule aimed at protecting whales from getting entangled in fishing lines that connect surface buoys to traps on the ocean bottom. The rule requires lobstermen to use multiple traps with each buoy (gear configurations called “trawls”), …

Bar Harbor tour boat helps rescue entangled humpback whale

on June 28, 2014, at 12:35 a.m.
About 200 passengers who went out on a day-long Bar Harbor whale watch trip earlier this month got a little more than the usual (but still impressive) display of whales breaching, diving, surfacing and spouting water into the air with their breath. They got a first-hand look at a whale tangled …

Weather data firm gets state fire contract to develop live database

By Bill Trotter on June 27, 2014, at 1:27 p.m.
TRENTON, Maine — A local company that makes weather gauges has landed a contract to help Maine Forest Service keep tabs on fire conditions. RainWise Inc. will develop and maintain a publicly accessible online database that forest rangers and firefighters will be able to use to keep track of live …

Ocean Commission Appointees

on June 26, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
Earlier this afternoon, I filed a story about Maine forming a commission to examine about increasing ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine. The story, written for print, describes the how and why of the commission’s formation. This blog post is about the who. The law that created the commission …
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Baked bean supper at Orland church

Bangor Daily News on June 26, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
Saturday, July 5, 2014 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Orland United Methodist Church, 24 Narramissic Drive, Orland For more information: 207-469-3714 ORLAND, Maine — The Orland United Methodist Church will hold an all-you-can-eat baked bean and casserole supper 5-6 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the church, located on the river off Route 1 in …
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Church baked bean supper

Bangor Daily News on June 26, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
Saturday, July 5, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Ellsworth Falls Union Congregational Church, 21 Hancock St., Ellsworth Falls For more information: 207-667-7168 ELLSWORTH FALLS, Maine — A baked bean supper will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Ellsworth Falls Union Congregational Church, 21 Hancock St. Menu …

Decades of art at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; $2 million grant helps it continue

By Emily Burnham on June 26, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
Even as the artists in residence for the summer break at noon and leave their cedar-shingled workshops for lunch and conversation, the sense of quiet concentration at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle is palpable. There is wind in the trees. There is the slight creak of the …
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree

Maine launches initiative to combat ocean acidification; Pingree seeks similar federal effort

By Bill Trotter on June 26, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — With more than $400 million at stake in terms of fishing income, Maine has decided to try to do something about ocean acidification. This past spring, the Legislature took up the matter of ocean acidification, which many scientists say threatens the health of much of ocean life. …
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Free film ‘A Place at the Table’ and dessert July 1

Bangor Daily News on June 26, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
HANCOCK, Maine — A free showing of the film “A Place at the Table” (2012) will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Union Congregational Church of Hancock. The film looks at hunger and food insecurity in America, and is directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush. Dessert will be provided and there is …
Jonathan Baez

New York man sentenced to 6 years after pleading guilty to trafficking drugs sold in Bangor area

By Bill Trotter on June 25, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A New York man has pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs and was sentenced to serve six years behind bars. Jonathan Baez, 29, was expected to report to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth to begin serving his sentence at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Baez and Jerald Hiland, 34, of …
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25th annual Fishermen’s Day at Stonington Fish Pier

Bangor Daily News on June 25, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Stonington Fish Pier, Waterfront, Stonington For more information: 207-975-9745 STONINGTON, Maine — The Island Fishermen’s Wives Association will host the 25th annual Fishermen’s Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 20, on Stonington Fish Pier. Come join us for a fun-filled day honoring the local fishing heritage. …

Power outage affects more than a dozen towns in Hancock, Penobscot counties

By Dawn Gagnon on June 24, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A roughly hour-long power outage that occurred at about 6:30 p.m. affected Emera Maine customers in more than a dozen communities in Hancock and Penobscot counties. Emera Maine spokesman Bob Potts said the cause of the outage had yet to be determined but repair crews were checking …
Dana Reed

Former Bar Harbor manager takes interim job in Tremont

By Bill Trotter on June 24, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
TREMONT, Maine — Dana Reed, who served as Bar Harbor’s town manager for 27 years, has found a new job, though it may only be short-term. Reed was appointed interim town manager in Tremont by selectmen Monday night. Kathi Thurston, chairwoman of Tremont’s board of selectmen, said Tuesday that Reed’s …
Like a frozen waterfall, a four-story high wall of ice clings to the rocks near Otter Point in Acadia National Park at dawn.

Drones banned in Acadia, other national parks

By Bill Trotter on June 24, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — If you’re planning a trip to Maine’s only national park and think you might order drone deliveries of batteries or bug spray during your visit, you’ll have to reconsider. Late last week, the director of the National Park Service sent out a memo instructing all …
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