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Baskets, Beetles and the Future: Sustaining Wabanaki Traditions in a Changing World

By Tamara Field on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor For more information: 207-581-3196 The potential arrival of the emerald ash borer in Maine threatens ash trees that are central to Wabanaki basket making and ways of life. But students and faculty …
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Bar Harbor Airport to hold triennial disaster drill

By Ted Cooke on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport has begun preparations for a full-scale disaster exercise set to take place at the airport next month on the morning of Saturday Oct. 4. This exercise will give participants from various local, state and federal agencies an opportunity to test their …
Pictured is D.C. Air & Seafood in Winter Harbor.

Winter Harbor man gets 30 months in federal prison for scallop scheme

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
A local seafood dealer has been sent to federal prison for more than two years for his role in a scheme to illegally harvest and conceal scallops, according to federal officials. Christopher Byers, 42, pleaded guilty last December to illegally harvesting and helping to conceal nearly …
The five sets of twins attend the 2014 kindergarten class at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Pictured are from the top clockwise: Sophia and Gavin Bubier, Charles and Cayden Agaga, Hannah and Emma Frost, Alexantrea and Antzelina  Kaminaris, Logan and Jackson McCray.

5 sets of 2: Ellsworth Elementary sees highest number of twins to date

By Natalie Feulner on Sept. 08, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
Five sets of students at Ellsworth Elementary Middle School have something in common: They’re all twins. The 10 kindergarteners — Gavin and Sophia Bubier; Charles and Cayden Agaga; Emma and Hannah Frost; Alexantrea and Antzelina Kaminaris; and Jackson and Logan McCray — started school last week. It’s a first for the …

Ellsworth man faces charges after pursuit by officer ends in accident

By Tim Cox on Sept. 06, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Main — An Ellsworth man was arrested and charged with three traffic offenses after being pursued by a police officer for speeding and striking a tree, police reported Saturday. Nelson Aviles, 50, was speeding 77 mph in a 55 mph zone on Route 1A, according to Ellsworth police Sgt. …
Passengers look at the University of Maine's floating wind turbine, VolturnUS, in Castine during a trip to celebrate its first year Friday.

‘Mission accomplished’: UMaine wind project leader says model turbine off Castine has done its job

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 06, 2014, at 5:49 a.m.
On a Maine Maritime Academy vessel floating just off Dyce Head in Castine, Habib Dagher stood in front of his 65-foot-tall, yellow-and-white brainchild, VolturnUS — the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine in the Americas. “Today, we can declare VolturnUS mission accomplished,” he shouted to a group of …
James Eggleston

Florida man arrested in connection with Ellsworth burglary also facing sex offender registry charge

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 04, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
A Florida man who allegedly broke into a local convenience store last week also is facing additional charges stemming from a prior criminal conviction, according to police. James Eggleston, 34, listed by police as a transient, was summoned Wednesday on a charge of failure to comply with …
The back of the building that houses the Portside Grill is seen Wednesday in Bar Harbor, a day after a fire destroyed the building.

Owner of Bar Harbor restaurant destroyed in fire: ‘I’ll be fine’

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 04, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
The owner of a Cottage Street restaurant destroyed in a fire Tuesday night said Thursday she is not sure whether or not she will rebuild. Vicki Hall, owner of Portside Grill, said she’s been preoccupied with worry for her 18 employees, some of whom lived in …
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Talk on Internet safety

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 04, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main St. For more information: 207-244-7065 SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Local computer consultant Ben Sawyer will talk about Internet safety, specifically fraud online and via email, 4-5 …
The back of the building that houses the Portside Grill is seen Wednesday in Bar Harbor, a day after a fire destroyed the building.

Neighbor businesses regrouping after fire destroys Bar Harbor restaurant, cause still undetermined

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 03, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
The cause of a fire that destroyed a Cottage Street restaurant Tuesday night remains under investigation, according to the local fire chief. Matthew Bartlett, chief of the Bar Harbor Fire Department, said Wednesday morning that investigators with the state fire marshal’s office were examining the damaged …

Fire burns downtown Bar Harbor restaurant

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 03, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
A fire the night of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, destroyed a Cottage Street restaurant and resulted in water and smoke damage to two adjacent buildings. Dozens of firefighters from several surrounding towns helped contain and then extinguish the blaze to prevent it from spreading into the densely developed neighborhood.
At 10 p.m. Tuesday,  firefighters still were working to extinguish a fire at a restaurant on Cottage Street in downtown Bar Harbor.

Fire burns Portside Grill in Bar Harbor

By Bill Trotter and Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 02, 2014, at 8:07 p.m.
A fire at a Cottage Street restaurant threatened several nearby buildings and drew firefighters from several Hancock County towns before it was extinguished late Tuesday night. The fire was reported on the second floor of the Portside Grill on Cottage Street a few minutes after 6 …
Clayton Sockabasin

Passamaquoddy tribal official facing OUI charge

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 02, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
INDIAN TOWNSHIP | The vice-chief of Indian Township, one of two Passamaquoddy Tribe communities in Washington County, is facing a drunken driving charge in Hancock County. Contacted Tuesday by phone, Clayton Sockabasin, 44, of Princeton declined to comment on his June 4 arrest in Bar Harbor on a charge …
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Baked bean supper at Ellsworth

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 02, 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Ellsworth Falls Union Congregation Church, North Street, Ellsworth ELLSWORTH, Maine — A baked bean supper will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Union Congregational Church of Ellsworth Falls. Menu includes baked beans, rolls, hot dogs, salads, casseroles, pies …

Cod forsaking the Gulf of Maine

on Sept. 01, 2014, at 7:22 p.m.
The prospects for restoring the cod population in the Gulf of Maine to a commercially sustainable level seem to be getting even more dismal than before. Last month, scientists with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass., announced that their latest population assessment update paints a “grim picture” …
Cornell Knight

Former Topsham manager selected for Bar Harbor post

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 01, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
A former town manager of five other Maine towns, who resigned from his last job earlier this year to move to Washington, D.C., has been picked to become Bar Harbor’s top municipal administrator. In a prepared statement released last week, Bar Harbor officials announced they decided …
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Reception held to benefit Senior Center campaign

on Sept. 01, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — In early August, under a breezy and cloudless sky, Tim and Sam Francis held a well-attended reception to inform guests of the fundraising campaign that is underway for the new Senior Center at the Moore School in Ellsworth.  The event raised $6,000 toward the campaign goal of …
A lobster fisherman gets ready to empty a bucket of bait into a box aboard the boat prior to unloading the day's catch at the Beals-Jonesport Co-Op in Jonesport.

Lobster industry grateful for ‘normal’ summer

By Bill Trotter and Tim Cox on Aug. 31, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | If there is anything commercial fishermen in Maine have learned over the past several years, it is that things aren’t the way they used to be. Scallop catches are creeping back up as prices have hit an all-time high. Elver prices have come down a bit but remain historically high …
 Bruce Lindberg

Ellsworth hires retired school head Bruce Lindberg as interim principal

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 30, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
A man who spent several years at the local high school as a coach and teacher is returning as the interim principal. Bruce Lindberg has agreed to be the top administrator at the school for the 2014-2015 academic year, Ellsworth schools Superintendent Dan Higgins said Thursday. He …
Samantha Polchies

Four arrested in Gouldsboro drug bust

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 30, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
Four people were arrested Thursday by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency after police executed a search warrant at a home on Guzzle Road and found about 10 grams of heroin along with $1,000 in cash that police suspect are proceeds from the sale of drugs, MDEA indicated …
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